Lavender Tea for Digestion
The potent fragrance of the lavender flower is easily recognizable, and much loved across the world. Lavender’s reputation as a fragrant flower is matched only by its reputation for promoting good health. Its many benefits may be experienced through a number of applications. Fresh lavender flowers may be used to fragrance a room. Dried lavender may be used to steep into a delicate herbal tisane. Lavender essential oil is a common favorite in aromatherapy. Each of these methods offer the calming and uplifting properties of the lavender aroma. Yet there is one benefit which may only be attained through the consumption of lavender tea – lavender’s ability to promote positive digestion.
The Importance of Good Digestion
Often, when we think of the digestive process, we fail to take into account the importance of digestion for our overall health, and how an upset in the digestive process can affect the rest of our body. Digestion is the process in which food is taken in, and all useful aspects is converted into a substance the body may use. Water, fats, sugars, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and countless other micronutrients are all absorbed into the body, where they are used to supply the fuel for countless chemical changes that help our body to live and to function. What is left – the waste, and in some cases, toxic substances – are then diverted and eventually eliminated from the body. This process is so vital to our health that any interruption may have serious consequences, such as causing the body not to absorb necessary nutrients, or fail to expel harmful waste. While occasional lapses in digestion will rarely offer lasting effects, frequent bouts of poor digestion can negatively impact the body as a whole.
How Lavender Tea May Help
Lavender tea offers a safe and natural way to promote healthy digestion and better protect against digestive upset. First, its soothing qualities are believed to relax the smooth muscle in the digestive tract, which may support better nutrient absorption and reduce the frequency of symptoms such as diarrhea. It may also help to relieve gas pressure in the intestines, reducing feelings of bloating and constipation. Lavender tea may help to stimulate the release of bile, an important factor in the breakdown of food into viable nutrients. For those struggling with poor appetite, often reduced by stress or mood, lavender tea may help to increase appetite to a healthy level. Early evidence also shows that the antimicrobial properties of lavender may even help to fight against the bacteria responsible for ulcers.