The beneficial use of Peppermint tea is widely-acknowledged the world over. It a herb prized for its medicinal benefits as well as its rich distinctive flavor.
Peppermint (Mentha piperata) is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint (M. spicata) and water mint (M. aquatica). Unlike other mints, however, peppermint contains in its healing volatile oil the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, as well as menthone, menthyl acetate and some 40 other compounds.
Dried peppermint leaves are used to make a minty, refreshing tea that is highly satisfying both hot and cold. A native of the Mediterranean, peppermint leaves were often used to crown luminaries in ancient Greece and Rome. It continues to be revered for its refreshingly light aroma, as well as its natural, caffeine-free taste.
Peppermint is such an aromatic and deliciously flavorful tea that even the smell can bring a smile. With its versatile and non overpowering qualities it is often used to jazz up various plain teas or to lighten and smooth the bitter taste of strong teas.
Peppermint is a great wintertime tea and especially soothing to upset stomachs and a great non-caffeinated addition to your breakfast. This tea is a definite must try for everyone!
Peppermint tea possesses some of the following health benefits:
- Used to treat irritable bowel syndrome
- Shown to ease nausea and vomiting
- Seems to control flatulence and diverticular disorders
- Appears to improves digestion and reduce heartburn
- Looks help to dissolves gallstones
- Reduces the severity of herpes outbreaks
- May aid in fighting chronic bad breath
- Said to relieve muscle aches and chronic pain
- Clears congestion and cough related to colds and allergies
- Assists in help control mild asthma
- Found to help fight stress
Some interesting facts, did you know that:
Peppermint tea is a rich source of Vitamin C. Thus, drinking the herbal infusion may have a good role in helping strengthen the body’s immune system by keeping viruses and bacteria at bay. Read here to know more about Vitamin C.
Peppermint tea is great decongesting agent as its helps clear air passageways from mucuous. Aside from drinking the herbal infusion, inhaling peppermint steam may also give relief from breathing difficulties. Find out which other teas and tisanes are good for cough.
Peppermint has high levels of the mineral manganese. Manganese functions as an antioxidant that seeks free radicals in the body and helps neutralize them. It also plays an important role in promoting the proper growth of bone structure. Get more information on manganese here.
Peppermint contains a good amount of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a key player in the production of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin. So this may partially explain why our mood often improves and is uplifted whenever we drink a nice hot cup of peppermint tea. Go here for more info on tryptophan.
Peppermint is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. While mostly obtained from fish like salmon and mackerel, omega-3 is also abundant in herbs like peppermint and fruits like kiwi. Omega-3 increases levels of good cholesterol in the body and hence has been dubbed one of nature’s heart-friendly substances.
Peppermint Essential Oil, when applied on the temple and areas in the head, may help relieve headaches, migraines and other pains.