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Constipated? Having irregular bowel movements? How about bloating? At some point, we may have experienced these problems. Various factors lead to constipation: immobility, low fiber diet, and certain medical conditions. Constipation can be prevented by ambulation and a high-fiber diet. When all else fails, we resort to taking laxatives. If you have considered taking an herbal laxative tea, you made a wise choice.

Using herbal tea to help you out

An herbal laxative tea is an herbal infusion made of leaves from plants with a laxative effect. They act by stimulating peristalsis of the intestines to produce a bowel movement. Herbal laxative teas may contain various herbs which have the same peristaltic effect on the stomach. Commonly used herbs are senna, milk thistle, tea leaves, licorice roots, and barley. The more popularly used herb is senna, which is an ingredient in a laxative pill commonly prescribed by doctors.

As food goes through the intestines from the stomach, water is absorbed. The longer the waste materials stay in the intestine, the more water is absorbed, and the greater the chance that the stool may become hard. This is the reason why irregular bowel movement is a predisposing factor to constipation.

Herbal laxative tea does not only provide relief to constipation, it also offers some benefits to your body. It is used in detoxification, promotes regular bowel movement, and promotes weight loss. As waste materials are flushed out from the body, toxins accompany them. The more waste materials move out from the body, the less water is absorbed, and weight loss can occur.

Drinking herbal laxative tea every day is not recommended. It should only be drunk when a bowel movement is impossible despite ambulation, hydration, and eating a high-fiber diet. When drinking laxative tea, proper hydration should also be observed. It is best drunk before going to sleep and never on a full stomach.


When it comes to health promotion, the best way is always natural. With herbal laxative tea, you now have the best solution to constipation. There are a lot of herbal tea remedies that you can enjoy anywhere that you can boil up some water, so just read around the site to learn more.

Sour and Sweet Red Mango

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This herbal mix combines the tanginess that only hibiscus can provide with sweet hints of juicy mango flavors. A bright red brew provides a visually appealing drink that lends itself nicely to being iced and served hot. To provide a sweeter drink, the sweetener can be added to balance out the tartness, but if you like a tangy drink, just brew and enjoy.

Best if steeped for 5 – 10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Hibiscus flowers with rose hips, apple pieces, pieces of mango and natural mango flavors.


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For centuries, herbal tea remedies have been used by various cultures worldwide. Before modern medicine’s birth, herbal teas were used to cure illnesses and protect from diseases. For every country and every culture, there are recognized herbal teas. For every herbal tea, there are various remedies that you can get.
Unlike green and black tea, which are considered true teas (coming from the tea plant Camella Sinensis), herbal teas are beverages made from known herbal plants. It steers plant parts such as seeds, roots, flowers, and leaves in hot water or boiling water. In some, plant parts are processed first before steeping.
Among the common herbal teas are ginger, lemon balm, ginseng, chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, fennel, and raspberry. Each has its own remedy to certain conditions.

Ginger Tea, Ginger Tisane

Ginger tea is commonly used as a relief for sore throat and coughing. Pregnant women also use it to relieve nausea during events of morning sickness.
Chamomile tea is used as a mild sedative, inducing sleep and relaxation.

It is also used to relieve stomach cramps and ease common cold symptoms.

Other herbal tisanes and their benefits

  • Lemon balm tea is used to lift up the mood and relaxes the nerves. It has a refreshing scent that soothes the senses.
  • Ginseng tea is famous in Southeast Asian countries such as China and is used as an energy booster. It is also a known immune system enhancer.
  • Raspberry tea is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It improves uterine tone and induces labor in pregnant women.
  • Fennel tea is used to relieve an upset stomach and stomach cramps. It is also used to relieve coughing and sore throat.
  • Peppermint tea is known as an effective relief for fever. It gives the body a cooling effect as it induces sweating.
  • Hibiscus tea is a good source of antioxidants. It is also a good immune system booster. If you want to know more about this tea and drinking hibiscus during pregnancy, just read at that link.
  • Who needs a lot of pills when you have herbal teas? These natural teas do not only give you benefits for your health, it also gives you an overall feeling of well-being.

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How to Make Herbal Tea

It is commonly presumed that all kinds of tea can also be classified as herbal teas. Technically speaking, though, herbal tea is not ‘true’ tea as it doesn’t come from the same tea bush used to make green, oolong, black and white teas, which makes a tea become a ‘true’ tea.

What is herbal tea?

Herbal tea is actually made from leaves, seeds, roots, bark, seeds, fruits, and buds of different plant varieties, with spices and herbs added for that combination that makes it an extra-special beverage that is best drunk hot. It comes in peppermint, ginger, chamomile, jasmine, ginseng, nettle, rooibos, cinnamon, and many other flavorful mixes.

The process involved in making herbal tea is fairly simple and easy. The secret to coming up with a healthy and delicious version of this drink is to keep the lid on as long as possible while brewing to retain the medicinal properties of the herbs in the tea. Unlike ‘true’ teas, the aroma of medicinal teas cannot be enjoyed as the lid should be tightly in place to fully take advantage of the health benefits you can derive from it.

Herbal teas don’t require much preparation, but one requirement is to use non-metal pots to boil them in, as metal containers may react with the herbal ingredients. You’re ready to start as soon as you have this and the herbal tea variety of your choice.

Basically, preparing herbal tea just consists of the following steps: Bring cool water to a boil, not water that’s hot from the faucet. Add fresh or dried herb mix consisting of flowers and leaves to boiling water and let steep for about 5 minutes, still covered with lid all this time. You can steep it for a shorter or longer period depending on the tea strength you prefer. When you get the desired strength, remove the herbs with a strainer and garnish with more garnishes or fruits for more flavor and honey or sugar to sweeten; voila, you have now created your herbal tea beverage.

How do you make herbal tea?

The process mentioned above is the infusion method, the simplest way to come up with medicinal tea; there are actually two methods to choose from: the infusion method and the decoction method.

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hibiscus tea

The decoction method is used when parts of an herb plant, including roots, leaves, seeds, buds and bark, are used to create the beverage. About 1 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture is placed into a non-metal pot with water at room temperature and leave as it is for five to ten minutes. After this period, bring the water with herbs to a boil and allow steeping for as long 30 minutes depending on the strength of preference. Remove the herbs and enjoy the drink.

The main difference between the two methods would be the length of time the herbs are allowed to steep after water is poured on the mixture. The infusion method extracts the herb’s medicinal properties in greater concentration. Some individuals leave the herbs inside the teapot throughout the day and just pour out enough for one cup at a time for a stronger herbal mixture. Just remember to keep herbal tea that you cannot immediately consume inside the refrigerator after brewing because once the beverage reaches room temperature, it will taste flat and eventually go bad. At the most, keep teas only for three to four days.


The best herbal tea method, ratio or mixture is really a matter of personal preference. Just be extra careful that the herbs you use, especially the fresh kind, is safe for consumption. Don’t be too confident about claims of natural teas; it doesn’t guarantee safety against poisonous or allergic reactions.

Aside from its medicinal benefits, teas can also be energy or relaxing drinks and can be taken at any time of the day – either as an energy booster at the start of a day or to calm frayed nerves after a grueling time at work. If you are looking for some awesome herbal tea with lots of flavors take a look here and see if there are any that you are interested in Herbal Tea

Loose Green Tea

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One of the greatest things that you can enjoy in a day is a nice cup of green tea in the middle of the day. You might be asking yourself why I say in the middle of the day and I will tell you why I feel that this is the best time of the day to sink into a warm cup of green tea.

The reason that I like my green tea in the middle of the day is simple, and that is because it falls in line with how my days usually are. I start my day a bit tired, groggy and turn to a nice strong cup of black tea to wake me up. Something like a hearty brew of blackberry black tea to really give me a nice kick of caffeine, and a nice aroma to awaken my senses. Even the smell of a strong black tea is enough to get some of that sleep out of my eyes, just take a look at that blackberry tea and tell me you aren’t feeling a bit more awake :

Earl morning tea for the sleepy guys and gals.

So now that we know what I like to start my day off with lets go on to the next part of my day, which I then turn to loose leaf green tea for. The reason I turn to the green tea is simple, and that is because in the middle of the day I look at it as almost my time to start winding down. The simple reality is that usually it is my mornings that I really need to be focused and alert with. So once I have drank around 4 cups of black tea, I am usually set and my energy is flowing. So this is where I start to wind it down, as it is not instantaneous, I often find that the black tea in the morning will provide me with enough caffeine and power to last all day, but I still want to drink something tasty. This is why I go to green tea, as there is less caffeine and a more calming effect. My go to green tea has got to be Tangy Gunpowder Green tea as this tea has really changed how I look at this type of tea.

My tangy gunpowder tea really mellows my mood out, and its smokiness gives me a bit of relaxtion. It lets me think about what I have done so far today and what else I have to do. I really find that Green tea, and especially Tangy Gunpowder Green tea , gives me a lot of focus so this is why I switch to it in the middle of the day. Usually the craziness of rush requests have diminished and now I can plan the rest of the day out and go forward with my thoughts. Take a look at the gunpowder tea and tell me it doesn’t look amazing: 

loose gunpowder rolled tea
gunpowder green tea pellets

To wind down my day I really just like to switch it up and go with a nice herbal tea, or for you purists Tisane ;) , as I find that the soothing and rich flavors that an all herbal mix can provide is really something unique. Although most will migrate over to chamomile as it is often said that it has calming properties, I find that anything warm with a pleasant taste generally calms me. That is unless it is scalding hot haha.  For this mix my go to herbal brews are as follow:

Lemongrass soothes the stomach and is popular in many herbal remedies.


Without the caffeine and with a unique taste honeybush is a great brew to try before bed.

loose honeybush leaf

A great fruit mix will relax your body before bed. Great for winding down.

loose rooibos
a perfect fruit blend

An amazing mix of fruit including apple bits to give a nice tart warm flavor before bed.

So there you have it, my entire breakdown of when I have my teas and why I like them at those times. Overall the tea experience is your own journey so find out works best for you, and if you want to learn more about green teas I would really suggest reading these posts as they have a lot of information about green tea and how to prepare it:
Benefits of green tea

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the perfect cup of green tea

How to make green tea

Fruit Cup

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This tisane mix is an entirely caffeine free mix with a full fruit flavor. With the citrusy flavors provided by the lemongrass mixing with the hibiscus, and apples you will quickly find that this might be one of your new favorites. Along with those fruits a subtle hint of strawberries and rose hips round out this tea to give an amazing tea drink from the first sip all the way to the bottom of the cup.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Hibiscus flowers mixed with marigol flowers, lemon grass, natural cherry flavors, apple pieces, dried orange peels, strawberries, rose hips and natural