If your abdomen sometimes feels swollen and uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Bloating affects 20–30% of people. Many factors may trigger bloating, including food intolerances, a buildup of gas in your gut, imbalanced intestinal bacteria, ulcers, constipation, and parasitic infections.
Here are 8 herbal teas to help reduce bloating.
In traditional medicine, peppermint (Mentha piperita) is widely recognized for helping soothe digestive issues. It has a cool, refreshing flavor. Additionally, peppermint oil capsules may alleviate abdominal pain, bloating, and other digestive symptoms.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) tea has a lemony scent and flavor — along with hints of mint, as the plant is in the mint family.
The European Medicines Agency notes that lemon balm tea may relieve mild digestive issues, including bloating and gas, based on its traditional use Lemon balm is a key ingredient in Iberogast, a liquid supplement for digestion that contains nine different herbal extracts and is available in North America, Europe, and other regions, as well as online.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a leafy, green herb that makes a bitter tea. It’s an acquired taste, but you can soften the flavor with lemon juice and honey. Due to its bitterness, wormwood is sometimes used in digestive bitters. These are supplements made of bitter herbs and spices that may help support digestion.
Ginger tea is made from the thick roots of the Zingiber officinale plant and has been used for stomach-related ailments since ancient times. Human studies suggest that taking 1–1.5 grams of ginger capsules daily in divided doses may relieve nausea.
Additionally, ginger supplements may speed up stomach emptying, relieve digestive upset, and reduce intestinal cramping, bloating, and gas.
Chamomile (Chamomillae romanae) is a member of the daisy family. The herb’s small, white flowers look like miniature daisies. In traditional medicine, chamomile is used to treat indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and ulcers.