5 Benefits of Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is widely consumed in Europe and Asia for hundreds of years due to its flavor and health benefits. This tea can reduce your indigestion problems, relieve stress, boost your immune system and even help you to sleep.

If you aren’t really familiar with this tea, I strongly recommend reading this article.

All you need to know about peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is a herbal beverage made out of an aromatic herb called peppermint. The leaves of this plant include essential oils such as menthol, limonene and menthone. These oils have a wide range of benefits, from treating the irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive issues, to relieving headaches and muscle pains. Moreover, the minty taste you get from peppermint tea actually comes from the menthol.

Benefits of peppermint tea

1. Great for your digestion problems

If you have an upset stomach, peppermint can help you soothe it. This is due to the menthol, as it will help relax the stomach muscles, will improve the circulation and can reduce the inflammation which creates the stomach problems.

Aside from solving the issue of an upset stomach, peppermint tea will improve your digestion. According to a study conducted by the University of Exeter, peppermint tea contains certain elements, which allow gas to move through the body as it forms instead of remaining in one place, causing discomfort. In this way you eliminate any bloating or cramping issues.

2.  It relieves stress and helps you sleep better

If you are stressed, your body feels tensed. As I previously said, menthol includes relaxing properties. Hence when you drink peppermint tea both your body and your mind will relax.

Beside relaxing your, this beverage is also caffeine free. So you can rest assured you will be able to have a comfortable and relaxed sleep.

3.  Keeps you hydrated

If you are one of those people who can’t manage to drink enough water during the day, then I suggest trying to replace some of your everyday drinks with peppermint tea. Instead of starting your day with a coffee, you can have a cup of peppermint tea. You can have your coffee after breakfast. Also you can have a cup of tea in the evening, after your dinner.

4. It clears your skin 

It has been proven that peppermint tea can help with skin problems like acne. This is due to the fact that it will boost your estrogen levels, which then will help in clearing your skin. If you really want to make sure that you’re reaping all the benefits, try adding peppermint tea to your bath water. It can help soothe burns and rashes as well as other skin inflammations.

5.  Helps when you have a cold or a flu

Like most true teas and herbal teas, peppermint tea contains compounds that help to fight off colds while building up your immunity. Drinking a hot cup of tea is one of the most popular ways to soothe a sore throat. Peppermint tea takes it one step further by relaxing throat muscles that cause an irritating cough. Since menthol is a muscle relaxant, mint tea helps open up airways, relieving congestion and alleviating severe colds such as bronchitis.

How to make a delicious cup of peppermint tea?

You can brew peppermint tea from fresh tea leaves, dried leaves or by using bags. My favorite one is the one brewed from the fresh leaves. The taste is so refreshing and all the essential oils are better released from the plant.

Below you can find the recipe for all 3 types of teas:

If you choose the fresh leaves, wash a handful before using them and brake a few of the leaves so more oil and flavor is released. Place these into an infuser and pour hot water (make sure it’s not boiled). Let the tea infuse between 7 to 10 minutes and then poor into a cup and serve.

For dried leaves, you only have to place 2 tbsp. into an infuser and then poor the hot water. These will have to infuse between 5 to 7 minutes, before drinking the tea.

To make peppermint tea using bags, you can find the instructions on the tea box.
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