Bloat Remedy Tea
I have an important event coming up this weekend and it just so happens to fall around a time in my cycle that I'm prone to water retention and bloating...lucky me, right?!
Alas, all hope is not lost and my stilettos...with the sexy little ankle strap...will not be digging into my hormone induced cankles. Why? Alfalfa, ginger, and turmeric. That's why!
Alfalfa is known as the "father of foods." It is loaded with vitamins & minerals, aids digestions, and supports nutrient absorption. The main reason I love this herb so much is because of its gentle yet effective diuretic properties. Many diuretic herbs are a little too harsh and can cause digestive upset or even dehydration if you're not drinking enough water....ALWAYS drink your water folks!
The first time I used alfalfa was when I was pregnant with my daughter. My midwife recommended I take alfalfa my entire pregnancy and I never once got those lovely pregnancy sausage feet.
Ginger & turmeric are both anti-inflammatory herbs that have had a huge surge in popularity in the last few years. These two rhizomes are lymphatic stimulators. They work together to boost detoxification and remove excess fluid from the body. Regular use of ginger and turmeric has also been shown to relieve pain.
I don't really follow an exact recipe when I make this tea. I was taught many things by an old Cajun grandmother and one of those things was that you don't need a recipe...just wing it! But you really can't mess this up. If you like ginger use more ginger...not a ginger fan then go heavy on the turmeric and alfalfa which both have a very mild flavor.
I use about 1 tbsp of dried alfalfa leaf (in a tea strainer or tea ball), a one inch knob of sliced ginger, and 1/2 inch of turmeric.
Place all of your herbs in a mug and add boiling water. I leave everything in the mug as I sip, but if you don't like little bits of ginger bumping your lips you can strain them out.
Sometimes I sweeten with some local honey, sometimes I add a little lemon, sometimes nothing at all. I reuse my ginger and turmeric throughout the day and just change my alfalfa each time I add more water. I drink about 3 cups a day and this definitely keeps the bloat at bay.
You can also try dry brushing then soaking in an epsom salt bath to help move things along.
I hope this helps you guys!
Enjoy your tea!