Constipation is something we all suffer someday. It can be an uncomfortable condition and may also leave you feeling bloated. Other signs and symptoms of constipation include acidity, loss of appetite, bad breath, headache, depression, acne, and mouth ulcer. This problem can be very frustrating aside from causing discomfort. There are a lot of home remedies for constipation but teas always work the best! Here are some easy to make tea recipes that will help with constipation:
BASIL (TULSI) TEA
Aside from being rich in anti-oxidants, it has been proven that drinking some tulsi tea when constipated can definitely help the body relieve itself. To make tulsi tea, you need 1 tablespoons dried tulsi leaves, some honey and 1 ½ cups water. Combine the tulsi and 1½ cups of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes making sure you stir occasionally. Strain the water and add honey to it as per your taste. Consume warm.
Grapes contain insoluble fibre that helps produce regular bowel movements. To make grapes tea, you need 15 dry seedless grapes and 1 cup low fat milk. Put 10 to 12 dry seedless grapes in milk, boil it for a few minutes and drink the solution in the evening. This particular remedy works great for young children who have constipation and to prevent future episodes of it.
Senna herb is a well known remedy for constipation. Senna, contains an active substance called “sennosides,” that exerts a stimulant laxative effect. The sennosides irritate the lining of your intestines, which helps your bowels get moving. Boil 100 grams of the tea leaves in distilled water with 5 grams of fresh ginger that has been sliced. Cover and steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink while hot.
Peppermint tea helps improve digestive function and help stave off cases of constipation. Wash and tear up the fresh mint leaves. Put them in a French press or teapot and pour some boiling water over them. Allow to steep for about 3-7 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. You may also use dried mint leaves and boil it in water, strain and add some honey. Consume warm.
Cloves are known for their anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and people have been using them for ages to soothe the digestive tract. Cloves can also help you with bloating and constipation. To make clove tea, you need 2-3 cloves, 1 ½ teaspoon honey and 1 cup water. Simply add cloves in water and boil it. Let the cloves steep for 5 minutes after boiling and strain it. Add honey and consume warm.
LEMON GINGER TEA
Lemon ginger tea can effectively give you a healthier intestine by keeping the microbial flora happy. To make this tea, you need 1 teaspoon ginger powder, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add ginger powder to water and let it simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Strain the liquid after cooling a bit and add lemon juice and honey. Consume warm.
** Warning ** : If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to using any herbs or home remedies.