Gut Soothing Herbal Tea
- 1 part Plantain leaf – Soothing and moist, but also has an astringent and tonifying quality on tissues, promoting healing and epithelial repair.
- 1 part calendula flowers – Soothing to mucous membranes, warm but not hot, anti-inflammatory, promotes proper digestive function.
- 1 part slippery elm – The mucilage soothes and forms a protective coating throughout the gut, reducing symptoms of digestive discomforts. I love slippery elm when I have eaten something I shouldn’t have as it helps ease the stabbing burning gut pain caused.
- 1 part fennel – Fennel is a very common digestive herb. It increases nutrient uptake, reducing that “overfull” feeling, and helps keep things moving in the right direction, a problem those with leaky gut commonly have.
- Pinch of licorice root- *avoid if you have hypertension* – Licorice is nice and moistening. It aids digestion and supports the body as a whole as licorice is an adaptogen. It is wonderful at reducing stress throughout the body, which is another common contributor to leaky gut.
Mix up as much of the blend as you think you will use in 3-6 months and keep it in a cool, dark, dry place.
To brew this tea, steep 2-3 tablespoons per cup of boiling water. Cover the tea while it is brewing so you don’t lose any of those beautiful volatile oils. Let the tea steep for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.