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Sova Health: Digestive Tea
Handmade tea using only the very best ingredients!
These herbs are traditionally used to aid and support digestive health.
These are the actions the herbs are traditionally thought to have:
Althea officinalis (Marshmallow root) Organic: Demulcent, reflux demulcent, emollient.
Coleus forskohlii (Coleus): Digestive stimulant, aromatic digestive, antiobesity.
Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke) Organic: Choleretic, hepatoprotective, hepatic
trophorestorative, cholagogue, mild bitter tonic, hypocholesterolaemic, hypolipidaemic.
Gentiana lutea (Gentian): Bitter tonic, sialagogue, cholagogue.
Matricaria chamomila (Chamomile) Organic: Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, carminative,
mild sedative, vulnery, diaphoretic.
Rumex crispus (Yellow Dock): Mild laxative, cholagogue, depurative.
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) Organic: Bitter tonic, choleretic, mild laxative,
cholagogue, mild diuretic.
Bone, K 2007, The Ultimate Herbal Compendium, Phytotherapy Press, NSW.
To balance the equation, a few modern day studies researching the possible benefits of
I encourage you to find some more!
WHY DOES IT TASTE SO BITTER?
No need to yell, I’ve got the answers.
The bitterness comes mainly from the Gentiana lutea root. As described, this is an bitter and
sialagogue (increases the flow rate of saliva), specifically beneficial for digestive health*.
It is recommended to have a weak infusion of the tea at first, and increase as necessary. If
the taste is too strong, reduce the amount to ½ teaspoon per teapot and infuse for 1 minute
only, then sweeten with some honey.
Here is a small review on the importance of bitters in digestive health: