Friday, September 9, 2011

Pancreatitis & Chrissy's Tea

lavender pancreas teaI make all my own teas now. I buy the ingredients in bulk and honestly you can either grow or get most tea ingredients if you so desired!

I don't know why but Yogi Teas now tend to hurt my abdomen when I drink them. Before I had chronic pancreatitis, Yogi Teas were always fantastic! Now, the Yogi Teas cause discomfort to my pancreas.

My solution has been to make my own teas.lavender pancreas

I've written several other articles on tea. If you go to the 'search' bar on the left of the screen and type in 'tea' it will bring up the other tea articles.

I think my all time favorite tea includes the below 4 ingredients:

1. Artemisia Capillaris
2. Dandelion
3. Lavender
4. Ginger

tea pancreatitisLet's name it! Let's call it 'Chrissy's Tea'. My favorite grandfather used to call me 'Chrissy' so both the name and the tea have a special meaning to me!

This is probably my favorite tea because it tastes good and seems to flush my system while also decreasing inflammation. It always feels beneficial. I was recently in NYC for 10 days. I didn't bring the tea and noticed such a difference in how the organs in my processed and rid itself of food. Often, when I drink this tea I feel like I'm not really experiencing problems with my pancreas anymore. I think it simply does an excellent job of flushing my system which seems to make life much easier on my pancreas.

The artemisia capillaris seems to flush and protect my system. Note: Especially if you haven't tried this herb in a tea before, you might want to make sure you are home for the night. For my system, it gets things moving. It is also considered to be beneficial for the liver. Many peopledandelion pancreas with pancreatitis end up having liver problems. I think this tea (herb) helps me protect the longevity of my liver! By the way, you can totally smoke this herb but it might give you a headache and it will not get you high. I haven't found that the benefits are the same when smoking it. I prefer it in tea!

Dandelion is high in Vitamins A and B12 (riboflavin), is known considered helpful with hypertension, as a diuretic and is known to prevent the formation of gallstones and possibly dandelion pancreatitishelping to dissolve gallstones. Gallstone problems are often prevalent in people who suffer from pancreatitis.

The lavender seeds I put in my shake herbal tea mix smell so good! It brings a smile to my face. Besides, the seeds are a beautiful shade of purple. I don't use many, maybe 5-10 seeds. I suppose some people might use more but that is the quantity that works for me. Lavender is considered an herb that helps with anxiety and nervousness as well as depression and insomnia. It also is known to help with the digestive tract, in relieving persistent flatulence, spells of nausea as well as indigestion. Many of these symptoms are experienced by people who suffer from the disease of pancreatitis.
ginger pancreas tea
I love ginger! It is an anti-inflammatory. I buy jars of the pink ginger that accompany sushi in restaurants and eat it straight up! I love the way ginger tastes in tea. It has a zing to it! It is said that ginger can help with abdominal cramping and the treatment of kidney stones, as well as having an antiseptic quality that is extremely beneficial in dealing with all manners of gastrointestinal infections. Ginger is also known to help with flatulence (gas)!


  1. Thanks, my friend has just been diagnosed with pancreatitis and I fear it may be chronic... great to know I might be able to offer her something useful!

  2. Hi there
    Could you please give us an idea of the quanitities you use of the different herbs in this recipe?

    Thanks for this great and informative blog

  3. Hi

    I would also like to know the quantities please.

    Many thanks!

  4. Hi Elizabeth & CJames,

    Each person's body operates differently. Therefore appropriate or useful quantities for me could be totally different from what is useful to you.

    I have learned about the herbs in these teas and how they affect the system. Therefore, when I make a tea I will put more or less of each herb in the mix based on what I feel my system would most benefit from.

    I know that was not the answer you were looking for but I hope it helps answer the question for you.

    Kindest regards,


  5. Hmmm... OK, I guess we can just try, but a very vague idea of the quantities you use would still be useful (e.g. between 1/2 and one teaspoon of a particular herb).

    I don't have the time to do as much research as you seem to have done on the individual components of this tea,and my friend, who is ill, does not have internet access or the energy for such and undertaking.

    Nevertheless, MANY THANKS for this incredibly useful website, it is a beacon of light and information in a very murky night.

  6. Hi In the midst of my second flare up with pancratitis in 8 months. My primary Dr. is sending me to a specialist in which it is going to take 2 months to get an appointment. I want the pain and the nausa to go away and stay away, so was interested when I read your article. I have never made or drank herb teas. Can you give a beginner step by step directions on how to make (ingredients / herbs) a tea (chrissy's tea) and how to brew and prepare to drink.

  7. thank you all for your input it calms me down form anxiety