Gut Calming 'Clove Infused Green Tea'
This tea provides several components that strengthen the intestinal mucus barrier, and thereby provides a soothing effect if used on a daily basis.
The green tea catechins, together with the essential oil eugenol from the cloves, stimulate mucus production. This thickens the mucus layer considerably, converting your intestinal mucus from a penetrative semi-liquid to a semi-gel protective barrier. Plus, the addition of Inulin stimulates the proliferation of mucus-promoting bacteria, and supplies your gut microbiota with a dose of prebiotics…a win win cuppa tea!
You can buy a 7 Day pack from Mandy’s Deli in Birchington, the pack contains a weeks worth, so 7 teabags, 7 teaspoons of inulin and 2 level tablespoons of whole cloves which can be re-used.
500 ml of filtered water
1 level tablespoon whole cloves*
1 green tea bag
1-2 level teaspoon inulin** powder
In a small pan, combine the water and cloves and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cover to maintain a low simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the teabag in the last 1-2 minutes of simmering, then remove from the heat.
Discard the teabag, strain out the cloves and set aside to dry, sprinkle in the Inulin and stir.
Enjoy hot, or sip this tea throughout the day.
*you can re-use the cloves 3-4 times, lay them out on a piece of parchment to dry ready for tomorrow!!
**start with 1 teaspoon of inulin and build up to 2, monitor any digestive disturbances and reduce the quantity accordingly.