Teas You Can Drink Today to Avoid Holiday Bloating

We’ve made it through Thanksgiving…but unfortunately, we may have accumulated more than what we bargained for if you know what I mean.

Now, if your holidays look anything like mine, there’s a lot of rich, dense leftovers made of pure carbs and sugar in my fridge! And once you start on the carb and sugar route, it’s difficult to stop! Then the bloating and swollen feelings come, and somehow this joyous season loses a bit of its luster.

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But this is a season of wonder and happiness and we want to enjoy it without the bloating right?!

I want to arm you with some herbal teas that can fight for you against that general bloated and swollen feeling and give you a bit more clarity this holiday season.

 

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  1. Ginger
    From nausea to , ginger is a miracle root that kicks most common ailments to the curb. Best made from fresh roots, this tea pairs well with lemon and honey.d1a8aebbbeab6fe998cb07cebe422956
  2. Peppermint
    Not only will peppermint help with bloating, but this little leaf also relieves fatigue and aids digestion. It fights against stress, nausea, bloating, is an anti-inflammatory herb, and is even a mild appetite suppressant!lemon-1117568_960_720
  3. Lemon
    Paired well with ginger, Lemon is antihistaminic, anti0inflammatory and a mild diuretic. Not to mention, a bright cup of lemon tea will do wonders if you are easily affected by seasonal mood changes, and need a general lift.fennelseed
  4. Fennel Seed
    This is a more uncommonly known herbal tea, but it does wonders for fighting against bloating. Fennel has natural anti-inflammatory properties and it cleanses the digestive system, the kidneys, and the blood.IMG_1656
  5. Hibiscus
    this tropical flower helps flush out water retention due to ingesting excess sodium and is a natural anti-inflammatory. You can easily learn how to make your own hibiscus tea at home.Food_Drinks_Chamomile_tea_028999_
  6. Chamomile
    The relaxing flower does more than just relieving stress. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, helps with indigestion, and soothes the occasional upset stomach.

Any combination of these teas can keep the bloat at bay, but try to stay away from adding too much sugar, milk/cream, etc. If you need to add some sweetness, reach for agave, honey, or stevia. Or you can lean towards the more sweet-tasting teas like chamomile, hibiscus, and fennel. Ginger tends to be a very bitter tea and almost always I end up adding some sweetness to mine!

I hope this quick cheat guide will help you as you enjoy the wonders of the season without the unwanted side effects of holiday meals, Christmas cookies, and dense foods!

 

Keep on steeping,

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Herbal Tea Feature | Fennel Seed Tea

Fennel tea doesn’t seem like the common kind of teas we get at a tea room, or Starbucks. But if you get your hands on this puppy, you’ll be in for a surprise!

I grew up on Fennel tea in Brazil (it’s called Erva Doce in Portuguese…literally, sweet herb) and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s very calming like chamomile, has a lot of digestive benefits like peppermint and it’s so naturally sweet, you don’t need to add anything to it.

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Fennel is a bulb vegetable that belongs to the carrot family. It grow feathery dill-like leaves and yellowish umbrella-shaped little flowers. the seeds look like teeny tiny, thin, ribbed pistachios. That’s the best I can think of!

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Warning: If you’re allergic to carrots or celery, don’t drink this tea. Proceed at your own discretion.

We’re about the get a little technical here, so if you’re looking for an overview, skip down below. But if I’ve intrigued your inner chemistry nerd, then let’s go:

Anethole is a compound essential oil found in Anise and Fennel (it’s also one of the main ingredients in Absinthe and found in ouzo. Opa!).

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The chemical compound for Anethole, found in Fennel and Anise alike!

I actually had a hard time figuring out if Erva Doce was Fennel or Anise. Even Google Translate couldn’t figure it out. I had to look up the Latin. Oy.

(Left is Fennel Seed, Right is Aniseed)

Believe or not, Fennel and Aniseed are keenly similar in both taste and the look of the seed. Fennel is not as strong as Anise, however. You could see why one would get easily confused!

HISTORY

Found primarily in the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian regions, the Fennel has been naturalized in many parts of the world. It thrives in drier soil in sub-tropical climates.

Fun Fact: the name “Marathon” comes from the greek word for fennel!

TASTE

sweet, chamomile-like but more grassy than earthy. Extremely similar in both look and taste to Anise.

BENEFITS
rich in manganese, calcium and iron
cleanses the digestive system, blood, kidneys, urinary system
eye health
relieves fluid retention, bloating
antibacterial

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USES

Fennel tea is most popularly made from the seed. That’s the only one I’ve tried, although I’ve seen recipes for fennel tea that use the leaves and the bulb itself.

Drink Fennel seed tea for its healing benefits but also can be used for topical treatments and a cotton ball compress for the eyes and a gargle for gum health and bad breath.

STEEPING TEA

ready-made tea: pour freshly boiled water into your mug of choice and pop in your tea bag. Steep for a couple of minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!

fennel seeds: crush a teaspoon of Fennel Seeds in a mortar and pestle for each cup of tea, depending on how strong you like your tea. Pop your fennel seeds into a tea infuser or strainer and pour freshly boiled water over the fennel seeds. Steep for a couple of minutes and remove seeds. Enjoy!

Fennel Seed tea may not be the most popular tea at a local grocery store, but if you haven’t tried it yet, I urge to find some! whether you buy ready made teas in-store or online…or even make it yourself with the seeds!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tea feature on one of my favorite simple teas!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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