Hypothyroid is the most popular form of thyroid disease and millions of people are suffering with debilitating symptoms (weight gain, hair loss, lethargy, moodiness, PMS, dry skin, cold hands and feet, etc.).
The interesting thing is that hypothyroidism is not an incurable condition. It certainly can be uncomfortable, but it is not incurable.
There are many things you can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and one of my favorite things is to start enjoying a daily herbal tea. It’s simple and easy and can support your body to help feel a little bit better.
Below are the ingredients in this tea and why I think they are essential to improving thyroid health.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica): member of the parsley family that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance cognitive performance and circulation. Many hypothyroid folks often complain of foggy memory and poor circulation. If you have trouble with blood sugar, I would swap out this Gotu Kola for Nettles Leaf instead.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): this pretty little pea flower pops up all summer long and has been used as a lymph moving herb, natural diuretic, and supports liver cleansing and blood purification. Often times, if the liver is congested, the conversion of T4 to T3 is compromised, contributing to a sluggish thyroid.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Licorice is a classic herb used in a wide variety of TCM herbal remedies to help harmonize all of the herbs and their ability to work together. But, beyond that, licorice is amazing for supporting the mucous membranes, healing the gastrointestinal tract, and nourishing the adrenals.
Of course there are many more thyroid supportive herbs that can be used in this daily tea, but three good ones is a great place to start.
Drink 2-3 cups daily for best results.
- Place dried herbs in French press or 32 ounce mason jar.
- Fill with boiling water and steep 20-25 minutes or longer.
- Drink 2-3 cups daily.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.