For years when any of us grandchildren had an upset stomach my grandmother would make us a special tea that would soon have our tummies at ease. It wasn’t until I reached adulthood and had children of my own was this recipe handed down to me. I have adapted it to fit the current times because unlike my lovely grandmother I do not have the items constantly growing in my own home.
Upset Tummy Tea
• 1 Peppermint Tea Bag
• 1 Ginger Tea Bag
• 1 Chamomile Tea Bag
• 1 Tablespoon Of Local Honey
1. Boil water for tea. (My grandmother use to swear by spring water)
2. Add all three tea bags into the mug of water and seep for 2 minutes.
3. Mix in honey and enjoy your upset tummy tea.
The mixture of ingredients are able to help different areas associated with upset tummy symptoms and instead of trial and error of trying one herb against another this recipe was designed to cover the most common symptoms.
Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve the discomfort from stomach spasms in the digestive tract. People with allergies to ragwort, ragweed, mugwort, aster or chrysanthemum should avoid chamomile. Chamomile should also be avoided in pregnant women due to chamomile possible uterine stimulant properties.
Ginger has been used for centuries among the Chinese, Indian and Japanese cultures. Ginger has been used for flatulent, laxative, digestive, anti- nausea and antacid properties. Ginger should be avoided in people who have any type of allergy to any of the plants of the ginger family. There is lack of scientific evidence that ginger has any adverse effects during pregnancy, although it is cautioned against.
Peppermint is known to aid in indigestion, cramps, and nausea. People with known allergies to peppermint oil or peppermint leaf should avoid peppermint all together to avoid an allergic reaction. There is lack of information about the potential of toxicity in pregnant and breastfeeding women which leads to believe peppermint should be avoided during this time.
Local honey is more beneficial due to healing properties. Honey that is obtained locally is usually in its raw organic form. Honey is a good sugar substitute being made of 69% glucose. Many pregnancy women have used honey in their morning tea to aid in morning sickness. There are no scientific studies proving any dangers of honey to pregnant or breastfeeding women. Due to honey containing botulinum endospores honey is not safe to give children under the age of one year. A child’s of this age does not have a mature enough intestinal track to stop the growth of clostridium botulinum.
University of Michigan Health System: Alternative Medicine
Medline Plus: Ginger
Medline Plus: Peppermint
Medline Plus: Chamomile