This tea was first prescribed to me by my TCM therapist to help aid digestion & create the healthiest environment in my gut for absorbing nutrients from the food I eat. It worked wonders for me, who is someone who has always needed to work hard on my digestive health and have recovered from a severe candida overgrowth only a few years ago. Not only is this tea delicious, super easy to make and great for your gut, but these fresh ingredients also have a myriad of other benefits.
Recipe - To make, just steep 2cm piece of fresh ginger (thinly sliced), 3-4 stalks fresh mint & 1 tbsp licorice root in a small teapot of boiling water. Consume throughout the day and especially before meals
Ginger - Ginger has been used as a spice and medicine for over 200 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is an important plant with several medicinal, and nutritional values used in Asian and Chinese Traditional medicine. Ginger has long been used as an herbal medicine to treat various symptoms including vomiting, pain, cold symptoms and it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-tumour activities, anti-pyretic, anti-platelet, anti-tumourigenic, anti-hyperglycaemic, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-clotting and analgesic properties, cardiotonic, cytotoxic. It has been widely used for arthritis, cramps, sprains, sore throats, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, hypertension, dementia, fever and infectious diseases.
Mint – Mint has long been used in Chinese herbal medicine for its calming, relaxant, and antibacterial properties. It’s gently detoxifying, treats digestive, skin, gynecology, muscular disorders.
In TCM mint is considered to have pungent, aromatic and cool properties. It is associated with the Lung and Liver meridians, and is used to expel wind heat, clear the head and eyes, clear up rashes, and remove liver qi stagnation. Taken orally, mint is used to treat diarrhea and painful menstruation, promote perspiration and dissipate body heat. It is also taken as a means of stimulating the nervous system.
Mint can reduce stress, as it has the ability to cool and soothe the body helping us to feel less tense and anxious.
These cooling properties make it great for reducing redness and inflammation on the skin. Herbal mint tea great option for those who suffer from chronic red and dry eyes and has long been used in Chinese herbals formulas to vent rashes and speed healing from redness and itchiness on the skin.
Mint has an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of the GI tract, which is why it eases pain and discomfort in people with IBS and eases digestive distress
Licorice root – Traditional healthcare providers believe that licorice root can treat a number of health conditions, including bronchitis, constipation, heartburn, gastric ulcer, eczema, and menstrual cramps
It has many functions in Chinese Medicine including strengthening the Qi of the Spleen and Heart, moistening the Lung, clearing heat toxins, calming muscular spasms and moderating the effects of other herbs.
The two most important components of licorice are glychrrhizin and flavonoids. Glycyrrhizin works as an anti-inflammatory and antiviral and inhibits the breakdown of cortisol. Licorice flavonoids are powerful antioxidants; they work to protect liver cells and help digestive tract cells heal. Test tube studies have found that licorice flavonoids kill heliobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for most ulcers and stomach inflammation.
Today, licorice remains one of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Its addition to its use as a flavouring, licorice has traditionally been employed to sooth coughs and sore throats; coat the digestive and urinary tracts; and treat various conditions ranging from diabetes to tuberculosis.