Simply drinking an infusion of mint after your meals helps you care for your colon and digestive system, reducing and relieving pain and inflammation.So how do you care for your colon? It is essential to understand the function of this vital organ. Knowing how to care for your colon will not only help prevent disease, but will also improve your quality of life. Today we invite you to find out about the medicinal herbs that can help.
Importance of the colon
First let’s look at its location. It is situated in the penultimate part of the digestive tract. It forms part of the large intestine and measures about one and a half meters. Its function is to absorb water, nutrients and minerals from food, and also to store fecal matter. We also know that the colon is made up of four sections, from the appendix to cross both sides of the abdomen, until it reaches the end at its junction with the anus in the form of an “s”. As you can see, the colon carries out an important function and is essential for the end process of digestion, to absorb nutrients and expel those products that are no longer useful to the body in the form of feces.
We need to know how to look after the colon in order to help it fulfill its functions. It is important to know which elements harm or cause inflammation, or cause you to lose intestinal flora. It is also important to know that many of our emotions can affect the balance of the digestive system. Stress, anxiety and a life full of worry can affect the balance. Many studies tell us that the intestines and the stomach are the “second brain” of the body.
Medicinal plants for the colon
1. Fennel seeds
What you need to know: fennel seeds are oval shaped and brown in color, with a flavor somewhere between aniseed and licorice. You can easily find them in natural food stores, ground ready for an infusion or ready to add to salads, for example. Why are they good for the colon? They are wonderful seeds full of antioxidants to reduce inflammation; they help us to absorb nutrients in the colon, and they improve digestion. Thanks to these seeds, you can avoid many episodes of constipation as well as diarrhea. They promote balance for the intestines.
Drink two cups of tea made from fennel seeds a day, for breakfast and in the evening. Simply put half a teaspoon of seeds in a cup of boiling water and leave them to stand for five minutes. Fantastic.
Great. A mint tea is perfect for drinking twice a day after meals. This is a medicinal plant that belongs in the family of calming plants that are anti-spasm, relaxing, and sedative, which means it helps take care of your digestive system, reduces inflammation and acts as a sedative to reduce pain and relieve irritation. Simply prepare it as you need it, with one tablespoon of dried mint. Boil a cup of water and allow the infusion to stand. It is important that this tea doesn’t contain sugar, although honey is allowed.
You can find plantago ready for tea in natural food stores. You can also find it as fenugreek seeds. It is a type of plant suitable for treating intestinal conditions and to aid the digestive system. Its properties range from an ability to regulate constipation, reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, and to improve digestion. Also note that this remedy is also high in B vitamins. You can’t lose.
It is recommended to take the tea once a day at breakfast. Use a tablespoon of seeds in a cup of boiling water, left to stand for five minutes. Filter the infusion through a sieve and drink slowly. It will help relieve pain. And remember – always without sugar, as it is bad for the colon.
Thyme tea is a great friend of the colon. Its secret is its ability to cleanse, eliminate harmful bacteria and toxins, get rid of bugs and lower inflammation. Without a doubt, with just one tea following your main meal you can care for your intestines.
Just place one teaspoon of thyme in a cup of boiling water. Add a little bit of honey and see how good you feel. Thyme is always a great choice.
You probably already know about this wonderful herb. It helps us eliminate fats and toxins, lose weight and regulate our digestive system. Drinking two cups a day will help alleviate problems with diarrhea, dizziness and even vomiting. This plant has astringent qualities as well as sedative properties that help you relax, sleep better, and benefit from healthier digestion.
To prepare an infusion with sage, drop a tablespoon of sage into a cup of water. Bring to a boil and let stand for about five minutes. You can find sage in any natural health food store or herbal specialist.