An aromatic herb in the mint family known as peppermint is a crossbreed of water-mint and spearmint. Minty fresh peppermint tea is being consumed for thousands of years for its minty and pleasant aroma, and health benefits. Peppermint has been the key source of breath mints, candies and other foods. In fact, most people consume peppermint as mouth refreshment or caffeine-free tea. Several essential oils that include menthol, menthone, and limonene are present in peppermint leaves. The minty scent and the cooling sensation of peppermint come from menthol.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
1. Eases Digestive Upsets-
Peppermint relaxes the digestive system and prevents contraction of smooth muscles that could relieve spasms in guts. It relieves irritable bowel movement syndrome (IBS). Peppermint reduces the severity and length of abdominal pain. It helps to reduce the severity of nausea and vomiting among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
2. Helps Relieve Migraines and Clogged Sinuses-
Peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant and pain reliever as it increases the blood flow in the body. The antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint help to fight clogged sinuses and common cold & allergies. The active menthol component eases airflow in the nasal cavity.
3. Helps to Fight Bacterial Infections-
Studies show that peppermint kills that prevent bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella in fruits like pineapple and mango. It also reduces several types of bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth.
4. Relieves Menstrual Cramps-
Peppermint’s muscle relaxant property acts as a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug that helps to reduce the intensity and pain during menstruation.
5. Improves Sleep and Concentration-
Peppermint tea can be an option before sleep for its caffeine-free property. Research and experiments tend to say that peppermint tea helps for a good sleep and improves concentration.
Some Recipe of Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is a great choice before going to bed as it is caffeine-free and the muscle relaxant property helps proper sleep; it can be consumed as morning tea also for its breath-freshening property that gives a kickstart in the morning.
Few Ways Peppermint Tea can be Consumed are-
1. Peppermint Tea-
This tea can be made in the simple process of adding dried mint tea leaves into boiling water and strain the tea. Add sweetener (if required) as per your requirement.
2. Ice mint Tea-
Once the peppermint tea is made allow it cool in the room temperature. Add two to three ice cubes in a glass and strain the tea using a strainer. The perfect evening beverage is ready to be sipped.
3. Fruit-infused Peppermint Tea –
Summer is around the corner, and a beverage that is caffeine-free and healthy should be the priority. So, adding fruits with the peppermint leaves gives the tea the taste of tangy fruit along with the crisp of peppermint leaves.
The Minty fresh peppermint tea bags has its tea leaves well curved and attractive. The “Stomach healer” is another name for peppermint because of its health benefits.