Rest Easy: Teas for Natural Pain Relief
It’s all too easy to reach for pharmaceuticals when you suffer pain and discomfort, but overuse of drugs to ease pain can have negative effects on the body. For example, Ibuprofen, the drug commonly used to relieve period cramps and headaches, can wear away the stomach lining over time leading to gastritis (more pain!). So, when it comes to mild ailments, herbal teas can be a great alternative.
Stomach Pain, Period Cramps & Bloating
When it comes to digestive pain, Peppermint Tea is your frontline weapon. It aids the digestion process and can be used to relieve discomfort. If you regularly suffer digestive issues, it’s worth having a cup after every meal as a preventative. Liquorice is also a great ingredient for relieving stomach discomfort and acts in a slightly different way to Peppermint. They also taste great together, so a blend of the two is recommended.
Chamomile Tea is another good option, particularly if the stomach pain you’re suffering is more stress related, or due to period cramps, rather than digestion. Drinking Chamomile Tea releases glycine which helps relax the nerves and muscles in the body. It’s well-known as a sleep aid but is also effective for gentle pain relief.
Bloating after meals is also a common discomfort, this is due to the body retaining too much water. Many herbal ingredients can help ease this including nettle, lemon, ginger, hibiscus, caraway, and fennel. So, a Lemon and Ginger Tea or a Rooibos, Chamomile, or Peppermint blended with other herbs are worth trying.
Chamomile Tea is also a great remedy for headaches due to its relaxing properties, and some even claim regular consumption helps with migraine symptoms. Ginger boosts your immune system and is anti-inflammatory, so it helps relieve swelling and can reduce nausea which often accompanies bad headaches or migraines. Teas which are high in antioxidants such as Green Tea and Rooibos are good for relieving tension headaches and helping you refocus. Other beneficial ingredients for headache relief include cinnamon, feverfew, and peppermint.
The menopause can come with several frustrating side effects and discomforts. Many herbs can be used to remedy some of these side effects. Along with being great for focus and mental energy, ginseng can help manage hot flushes and night sweats. Ginger is also a winner in this category due to its many health benefits. Passion flower can help with night sweats and anxiety by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid which calms the nervous system. Valerian root is a natural sedative known to help with mood swings, depression, and anxiety as well as sleep problems. It most often occurs in tea blends to complement the taste and benefits of Chamomile, but bear in mind the combination can make you very drowsy. Green Tea contains slow release caffeine and is high in antioxidants, this means it works well to relieve fatigue and help with focus.
Our Recommended Teas
Chamomile & Peppermint Tea: Egyptian chamomile flowers are blended with dried peppermint for a soothing caffeine-free tea. Great for easing a mixture of ailments.
Harmony Herbal Tea: A gentle revitalising blend of herbs and spices including nettle, raspberry, anise, rosehip, cardamom, cloves, and liquorice. Effective for bloating and digestive discomfort.
This is our favourite Lemon and Ginger Tea. Tangawizi means ginger in Swahili, plus it’s fun to say. This tangy, warming combination is good for relieving stomach pain, headaches and symptoms of menopause while boosting your immune system for the winter months.
Lemongrass and Mint
A settling blend of hibiscus, curled mint, liquorice and lemongrass. A fresh, tasty after dinner blend.
Time Out Herbal Tea: Our number one tea for the ladies, whether it’s tackling bloating and period pain or relieving symptoms of menopause, this is the brew for you. A delicious blend of chamomile, rooibos, passion flower, lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden flowers, anise, cinnamon, oat straw, hops, and orange peel.
Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before using herbal teas for treating specific aspects of your health, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medication or have any existing health conditions.