Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Peppermint and Ginger: Aid Digestion with Healthier Candy Choices this Holiday Season

Feeling bloated and overall stuffed from this onset of delicious Holidays? Instead of offering a bowl full of treats or candies, pick just two types that aid in digestion: Peppermint and Ginger.

Have a bowl full of these ready for guests to nom on.

Peppermint can help relieve tension headaches, nerve-induced nausea, colonic spasms, gas and other stomach pains. The minty herb's oils also freshen breath! Peppermint is both calming and revitalizing, creating a peace among the storm which some of us may feel this holiday season. Find peppermint candies flavored with natural peppermint oil and dyed with carrot and beet juices from your natural health food store or trader joe's (this is where I bought mine).

Ginger can also help overindulgence, gas and nausea. This spicy herb is an anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, and strengthens immunity. Feeling sluggish after all the heavy food? Try ginger to get your digestive enzymes going and give yourself a mood boost. Ginger chews or crystallized ginger are sold at your local grocery store and on amazon.

Also stock your pantry with fennel seeds to make this fennel tea (full post here). Both peppermint and ginger teas can aid this as well! And are beneficial without the sugar! All the herbs combined can be a great digestive-aiding drink. Also they taste delicious!

I buy my herbs for teas and other creative endeavors from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Fennel Tea by Mary Banducci

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