I love to use herbs in tea that help digestion and to stimulate and strengthen the entire system.
To strengthen I use Blessed Thistle with its high mineral content and properties similar to milk thistle. It is used to strengthen the liver and the entire digestive system.
Hawthorn berries improve the tone of the heart but also helps reduce stress and improve digestion.
Holy Basil is an adaptogen and general tonic. It enhances digestion, memory, concentration and mental acuity.
Safflower aids digestion and helps increase the excretion of lactic acid.
Schisandra improves digestion and increases bile secretion. It helps to harmonize the body.
Not used as a tea or an herb is Triphala. It is a blend of 3 fruits and is a gentle laxative, bowel tonic and blood purifier. It also lubricates tissues an relaxes muscle spasms.
To stimulate I like to use artichoke. This is the leaf of the globe artichoke that is eaten as a vegetable. It contains cynarin which protects the liver. It also contains silymarin the active constituent in Milk Thistle. The leaves of artichoke are used for a sluggish liver and poor digestion.
Black pepper stimulates digestion and intestinal mobility to ease gas and bloating.
Cinnamon is useful as a spicy aromatic herb and as a digestive and circulatory stimulant.
I love dandelion. If people only realize that dandelion that is kept from pollution of any kind is beneficial to the digestive system, urinary system and the pancreas. Dandelion flower makes a nice digestive tonic.
Ginger is another favorite of mine. It can be used to relieve nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness, It promotes the secretion of bile and gastric fluids and is a potent antiviral and antibacterial.
Orange peel is aromatic and bitter, it stimulates the appetite and digestion and is also useful in many respiratory formulas.