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Herbal tea has always been my first line of defense for as long as I can remember. As a kid, when I wasn't feeling well, mom would go for the tea initially. About 90% of the time when I wasn't feeling well, it was my digestive tract, and these digestive issues persisted from birth until I was about 25 years old. It wasn't until I was 15 that I was "officially" diagnosed with IBS, which is like the bucket diagnosis encompassing a huge array of symptoms without any clear explanation of what's really wrong or how to ultimately fix it. I could go on and on about the symptomology of IBS all day, but for now, I'll just say that many people with chronic digestive imbalance also develop a lot of anxiety around food in general, which only makes the issue worse over time. Stress overloads the situation, and makes it harder and harder to fix. So, as a young adult in the midst of graduate school, my stress level was about at 100% to the point where all I could eat was eggs and mushroom broth. I was seeing an herbalist early on, and she prepared me a tea that I think might have saved my life. It was the first step to fully recovering and reclaiming my love of food (and ability to actually eat it). It was this foundational formula of chamomile, skullcap and fennel that has been my ally every since. 

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This Tummy Soothe Tea is built upon that foundational formula, with a few extra additions to encompass the entire digestive tract, from the esophagus to the stomach to the large and small intestines to the colon. It's an aromatic, mucilaginous and antispasmodic blend of medicinal herbs that helps to calm down excess inflammation, soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and cool excess heat in the lower gastrointestinal tract. It also addresses the central nervous system with a calming anxiolytic to bring down the anxiety and create a space for calm. 

Chamomile - This simple, delicate little flower is one of the most powerful antispasmodics for the digestive tract, as well as offering a cooling energetic to calm excess heat in the body. It works on the stomach, intestines and colon, and is one of the safest, most widely used herbal allies in the world. 

Skullcap - My favorite nervine/anxiolytic herb to calm down the central nervous system, relax the upper body and soothe the lower digestive area. Its's perfect for acute situations or chronic, long term imbalances because of it's truly tonifying quality that persists even after you stop taking it. It also offers emotional support too!

Fennel - Simple little seeds can pack a big punch. Fennel is one of the strongest carminatives (meaning it helps with gas or bloating). It's cooling energetic is the perfect balance to heat in the stomach or intestines. Filled with volatile oils, it's a lovely addition to any digestive formula (and even great sprinkled on hard to digest foods like meat or beans!). 

Cardamom Pods - Also filled with those volatile oils, cardamom contributes another layer of carminative and normalizing action for the lower gastrointestinal tract. 

Slippery Elm - This carries the sweetness and also the mucilaginous quality that coats the lining of the stomach, intestines and colon that may be have become irritated  or inflamed over time. 

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