There are a number of herbal laxative teas available, and many people will prefer to try a natural alternative to conventional medical treatments. The teas have a nice taste, are absorbed almost immediately into the system, and are a much more pleasant alternative to taking a tablet.
They work by stimulating the intestines and often include ingredients that will act as a diuretic at the same time.
This way the whole of the system is given a boost to eliminate waste.
Herbal laxative teas are often used for detoxifying the body.
By eliminating toxins, one can boost the body’s immune system and provide essential antioxidants.
Some people use them as an aid to weight loss, though these benefits can be minimal, and a balanced diet should also be followed at the same time.
These natural laxative teas contain a blend of herbs, and some of the herbs most frequently used include:
- Senna. This is one of the best natural laxatives and has been in use for hundreds of years. It is a natural purgative and works on the bowel. The pods and leaves of the senna plant are used in laxative preparations. It is not recommended to use products containing senna for longer than a week, and it is not a recommended product for pregnant women. It should also be avoided by sufferers of digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease.
- Barley is popular as a source of soluble fiber, and extracts of barley can be used in laxative teas.
- Licorice root has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. It can have a healing effect on the digestive system, reducing any inflammation and reducing gas production. As well as having a laxative effect, it can also ease heartburn. Licorice is not recommended for those who suffer from high blood pressure.
- Rhubarb root stimulates the digestive system and has an astringent effect on the bowels, helping them to work better following a purging. The western variety of rhubarb root can be used to treat constipation in children, as it is milder. The Chinese rhubarb root should only be administered by a fully trained herbalist, and, like all natural laxatives, prolonged use is not recommended.
- Dandelion root is a natural detoxifier and diuretic and promotes the elimination of waste. It has a mild natural laxative effect and is a popular ingredient in herbal laxative teas.
Users can blend their own herbs to make a natural laxative tea, but instructions for brewing teas should be followed carefully, as making a tea that is too strong may have a negative effect on the system.
The idea of an herbal laxative tea is to provide a gentle yet effective remedy for constipation. A strong tea can cause stomach cramps, so a lighter preparation is preferred.
Occasionally, a pre-blended tea will contain caffeine, so it may cause sleeplessness if consumed in the evening. If the user finds that constipation lasts for longer than a day or two, then a doctor’s advice should be sought. Prolonged use of natural laxatives can leave the system dependent upon them, and this is best avoided.