Colitis is a condition related to inflammation of the lining of the colon, which can have several causes. It can be caused by infections (bacterial, parasitic), food poisoning, allergies, and other more complex and chronic conditions.
To treat the symptoms of simple inflammation of the mucous membranes, the so-called irritable bowel syndrome, an herbal tea with these medicinal herbs can be useful.
A blend that soothes states of discomfort with bloating and abdominal pain, sometimes accompanied by cramps, resulting in diarrhea or constipation.
Herbs against colitis: properties and benefits
The most effective medicinal herbs against colitis are brought together in this mix according to their various complementary properties.
In the herbal tea for colitis, the chamomile infusion is a very effective natural remedy to protect the intestinal tract from pain and abdominal bloating sensations. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce any damage to the colon, relieving pain and diarrhea episodes.
Having a relaxing effect on the abdominal muscles, chamomile prevents cramps due to colitis episodes, and is considered one of the most effective antidiarrheals in herbal medicine.
Salicaria is a plant that has been recognized for centuries, useful in the treatment of dysentery. Its value is therefore known as an antidiarrheal, with an astringent action as well as a benefit on inflammatory states of the intestinal mucosa.
Thanks to the element contained, salicarin with natural antibiotic capabilities, this plant is a support to counteract the bacilli that cause colitis and dysentery. Other useful elements are the astringent tannins of the intestinal lining and the mucilages, which help to regulate and soften the intestinal mucus, facilitating the transit of stool.
Cinchona or cinchona is a medicinal plant known for centuries for its natural digestive power, which protects the gastric mucous membranes and helps intestinal motility. Therefore, it favors the regularity of intestinal transit to remedy the diarrhea-constipation alternations of colitis, and helps in the elimination of intestinal gas.
Hops are also part of this blend, as it is a plant known in herbal medicine as a remedy to combat gastrointestinal tract disorders and diarrhea. It is a well-known digestive, and its bitter principles contained in the lupulin, favor the correct functionality of the stomach and intestines.
Within the mixture of herbs for colitis, there is also the alchemilla plant, known for its active ingredients capable of acting as astringent and anti-diarrheal. In intestinal or urinary tract inflammation, this medicinal herb has a natural calming and anti-inflammatory action.
A well-known ingredient is licorice, considered a plant rich in substances that naturally purify the intestine thanks to glycyrrhizin, and other elements that carry a mild laxative action. In addition, the flavonoids contained in licorice counteract abdominal spasms.
Among the plants useful in the herbal tea for colitis, there is the elecampane, whose root brings several natural elements, such as inulin (soluble fiber), useful for the balance of bacterial flora. It contributes to the elimination of intestinal gas, and helps the well-being of the intestinal tract by calming episodes of diarrhea.
Among the other elements of the anti-colitis herbal tea, chicory is known in herbal medicine as a plant capable of calming the symptoms of irritable bowel. This plant also contains inulin, the polysaccharide that gives well-being to the bacterial flora as a prebiotic, helping intestinal transit in an anti-constipation function. Its activity on the intestine is also a prevention of intestinal irritation, and relieves conditions such as flatulence and bloating.
In addition to these herbs for colitis, angelica is a plant known for its ability to soothe irritation of the intestinal walls, thanks to angelicin and decongestant mucilages. Revives the mucous membranes, helps intestinal transit and reduces abdominal swelling.
Fennel is a medicinal herb famous for its beneficial properties on digestion. Regularizes the smooth muscle movements of the colon, and relieves colic in irritable bowel syndrome .
In addition, it speeds up slow digestion and counteracts constipation. manages to reduce the phenomena of flatulence, swelling and heaviness that accompany the condition of colitis.
The parietaria is another plant included in the mixture of herbs for colitis, due to its useful properties for purifying the uro-genital tract. It is a herb with diuretic qualities, which acts beneficially on the bladder and states of cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), which can be affected by colitis. Pure dandelion is a plant often used in cases of indigestion, and is useful for soothing abdominal swelling, flatulence, and intestinal irritation.
Rosemary is another plant that acts on the digestive system, with calming effects on smooth muscle spasms in the small intestine. It works by deflating the stomach, and reduces the formation of intestinal gas.
Among the herbs that can alleviate intestinal colic there is also juniper, which is traditionally associated with digestive well-being. It reduces intestinal gas, counteracts meteorism, and is considered a natural antiseptic for the urinary tract.
Origins and History of cultivation
In the mixture of herbs to soothe colitis and its symptoms, there are several plants that have been used in herbal medicine for centuries.
Most have been used for their beneficial action on the digestive system, or as antidiarrheals. Several plants known for their action against colitis are enhanced in their effects by the mix created for intestinal and diuretic herbal teas. Most of the officinal herbs in the colitis blend have been in Europe for a long time, and today all the ingredients are available dried and ready for infusion.
Plants and flowers
The components of the anti-colitis herbal tea derive from medicinal plants or shrubs used in phytotherapy for their herbal qualities.
Lythrum salicaria is a flowering plant belonging to the Lythraceae family. This perennial herb is native to Europe and Asia, and possibly Australia. It grows to about 1.5 meters, with an erect stem, slightly rolled leaves, and deep pink flowers. The plant is covered with a thin reddish hair.
The alchemilla or Alchemilla vulgaris , is a perennial plant that is part of the large Rosaceae family. It grows spontaneously in Europe in central and western areas, especially in the woods and mountain meadows. The stem is tall, the leaves are palmate and toothed, and the flowers are summery.
The plant Enula (Inula helenium) belongs to the Helenium species. It is native to Central Asia, but soon spread to Europe for medicinal purposes. It grows preferably on uncultivated land, in the woods, between ditches and grassy pastures.
The licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra , is part of the Fabaceae family. It is a perennial plant native to southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean area. Its roots give a sweet element, glycyrrhizin. It requires deep, fertile and moist soil to grow.
The Matricaria chamomilla L. , belongs to the Asteraceae family. It comes in two similar-looking varieties: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Chamomilla recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). It gives flowers similar to daisies, with a sweet scent, which are collected and dried for medicinal purposes.
cinchona is one of 38 evergreen species in the Rubiaceae family. The species with a high concentration of quinine alkaloids are Cinchona officinalis, Cinchona ledgeriana, Cinchona succirubra. They display dark green leaves, ranging from small shrubs to large trees, up to 15 meters in height. The most used part is the bark of the tree.
Angelica Archangelica is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae / Umbelliferae family. It grows spontaneously in mountain areas, in woods and in humid soils, reaching a height of up to 2 meters. It is widespread in Europe, showing edible stems and roots, large leaves and greenish-white flowers.
The fennel with the botanical name Foeniculum vulgare , is a plant of the Apiaceae family (Umbrelliferae). It was born on the coasts of the Mediterranean, even if it is todaywidespread in many parts of the world. It prefers arid soils, near the sea and on the banks of rivers.
The chicory plant, Cichorium intybus is a perennial herb of the Asteraceae family.
It grows to about 120 centimeters in height, showing upright, almost leafless stems adorned with many celestial flowers, which open in the morning and close later in the day. It has a large fleshy root, and leaves known as edible.
The parietaria is a plant of tropical origin, and belongs to the Urticaceae family. Now widespread also in European territories, it takes its name from the growth between walls, cracks in the walls and along the roads. Up to 70 cm tall, it shows cylindrical stem, oval leaves and small green flowers.
The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) , is a perennial plant of the Asteraceae family. Also known as a dandelion or dandelion, it grows wild in many different soils and climates. It displays yellow-orange flowers, and edible leaves growing at the base of the plant.
The rosemary plant is Salvia rosmarinus , a shrub of the Lamiaceae family. It is known for use in the kitchen; it blooms from autumn to spring giving aromatic linear leaves, green on top and whitish below.
Juniper (Juniperus) , is a genus of conifers that contains over 50 species, part of the Cupressaceae family. Several species of juniper grow spontaneously, in many parts of the world, thanks to a great ability to adapt. It reaches up to 12m in height but is generally smaller with berries taking around 3 years to ripen.
Hops or Humulus lupulus , is a species of perennial plant of the Cannabaceae family. Native to Europe, western Asia and North America, it is a climber that gives new shoots in early spring and dies in autumn, with a cold-resistant rhizome.
Nutritional values of the herbal blend for colitis
The herbal combination useful against intestinal inflammations, makes various active ingredients bio-available.
There are flavonoids and other antioxidants, substances such as saponins, coumarins, terpenes and natural anti-inflammatory sesquiterpenes, bitter principles that act as digestive-tonic.
There are also astringent tannins, alkaloids such as quinine, iron, glycosides such as salicarin, mucilage and other substances.
How to use herbs in herbal tea for colitis
The infusion is obtained by putting in a cup (250 ml), about 3-5 grams, the mixture of herbs for colitis with water at 100 ° C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea.
Add honey or sugar if desired.
Herbal blend for colitis: side effects and contraindications
Between the herbal teas for the urinary tract and the intestine, this blend has no major contraindications.
In any case, it is not recommended for those sensitive to some medicinal herbs contained; that is, with allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients. It is advisable not to consume the herbal tea for long periods, and to respect the recommended doses, to avoid stomach pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain.
Due to the presence of substances that act on the digestive system, it is important to seek medical advice for those suffering from ulcerative colitis or ischemic colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease) and microscopic colitis.
Remember that the terms colitis and ulcerative colitis are often used interchangeably, as they share similar symptoms. Instead, it is essential to distinguish the difference in order to better understand the symptoms and possible treatments, natural or pharmacological.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis that causes chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the colon and rectum, creating ulcers and bleeding that require a specialist consultation.
The herbal tea is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.