Celebration, lunches and dinners can leave a trail. Stomach pain, acidity, bloating, fatigue are just some of the symptoms that can accompany the after party due to the overwork of the liver and inflammation of the gastric mucosa. Herbal teas can help, for example thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of mallow, which is also capable of improving intestinal motility (Benso et al, PLoS One, 2015). Ginger is anti-nausea, protects the gastrointestinal tract and is diuretic (Bodagh et al, Food Sci Nutr, 2018), fennel seeds are digestive, soothe abdominal cramps, help control cholesterol levels and protect the liver (Badgujar et al, Biomed Res Int, 2014), milk thistle is hepatoprotective, detoxifying as it helps block and remove toxins in the body, counteracts inflammation and also supports the immune system (Mulrow et al, AHRQ, 2020). Probably, however, one of the most powerful detoxifying remedies to purify after the holidays is stinging nettle, anti-inflammatory, capable of reducing blood sugar and cholesterol, is diuretic, protects and supports the work of the liver and kidneys (Behzadi et al , Avicenna J Phytomed, 2016).
Let's see some ideas of anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and hepatoprotective herbal teas.
In two cups of boiling water pour a teaspoon of fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon of anise and half a teaspoon of mint leaves. Let it sit for ten minutes. Filter and drink to improve digestion, calm cramps and counter swelling.
Ginger and lemon tea
In two cups of water add the peel of an organic lemon and 3 centimeters of peeled ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it rest for a quarter of an hour, filter and add the squeezed lemon juice, drink.
Bring one liter of water to a boil with half a tablespoon of dandelion and half of milk thistle. Remove from the heat, add half a tablespoon of mallow and a half of lemon balm and let it rest for ten minutes. Filter and drink.
Artichoke herbal tea
If you have some artichoke leaves left over, do not throw them away! Use them to prepare an excellent herbal tea capable of helping to keep blood sugar and cholesterol at bay, to protect the liver and even help regenerate it and improve the production of bile (Salem et al, Plant Foods Hum Nutr, 2015). Infuse a handful of artichoke leaves in a cup of boiling water, let it rest for 15 minutes, then filter and drink.
Herbal tea against heartburn
As suggested by the well-known herbalist Messeguè in his book My herbarium, an herbal tea of ??chamomile and mint can help against sour stomach. Bring a cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and add a teaspoon of dried mint and a teaspoon of chamomile flowers. Let it rest for five minutes, filter and drink.
Nettle herbal tea
Bring a liter of water to a boil, remove from heat, wait a few moments and add two tablespoons of dried nettle leaves. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, filter and drink. After this infusion, to help the kidneys work, the advice is to drink a glass of water.