This tea is not a laxative, but naturopaths use it to help improve regularity because it contains yellow dock and burdock to stimulate bile flow, St. Mary’s thistle to stimulate liver detoxification, fennel to ease cramping and spasms, and slippery elm to soothe the gut. This is also excellent if you experience skin problems like pimples or eczema. From The Complete Gut Health Cookbook.
Serves about 10
2 tablespoons yellow dock tea leaves
2 tablespoons burdock root tea
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons St. Mary’s thistle tea
2 tablespoons slippery elm powder
Make AIP Friendly: omit: fennel seeds and St. Mary’s thistle
Substitute: spearmint or peppermint in place of fennel seeds, and dandelion root instead of St. Mary’s thistle
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and store in an airtight container.
For each cup of tea, steep 1 heaping teaspoon of the dried herb mixture in 1 cup boiling water until cool enough to drink. Sip slowly.