Health Benefits of Mint Tea
Though history the mint plant has been used across cultures to help address a wide range of maladies and soothe the soul.
While used in many different forms for its purported healing properties, consuming mint in the form of tea has been a popular practice for both health reasons and sipping enjoyment.
Spearmint and peppermint herbal teas provide excellent flavor when served hot and are refreshing beverages when poured over ice. In addition mint is sometimes mixed with other herbs for brewing or can be found blended with black or green teas,
According to herbal expert Angela Gwynne of Growing Gifts (www.growing-gifts.co.uk), mint contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health.
These include vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and iron.
The mint plant's primary, active property is menthol - the source the brew's therapeutic benefits that include the following.
- Upset Stomach and Indigestion. Mint is thought to help ease symptoms associated with stomach aches, nausea and indigestion. The oil in the mint leaf can also help relieve stomach gas, bloating, and the flow of bile.
- Cold and Flu Symptoms. Mint brewed tea can help ease coughing, soothe sore throats, and clear congested passages.
- Stress Relief. Mint has shown to help promote relaxation and a good night's rest. Some individuals drink the tea to help them fall asleep at night.
- Menstrual Cramps. Mint's relaxing properties can sooth stomach and back muscles and reduce menstrual cramps.
It is important to note that the muscle relaxant properties of mint consumption can produce negative effects among people with sensitivities and reflux disease.
That's why you should always consult your healthcare professional before drinking mint or any herbal tea blend.
Brewing Mint Herbal Tea
- Add one tablespoon of dried mint leaves to two cups of boiling water. You can find dried mint leaves at health and herb stores or through quality tea retailers (online and storefront).
- Steep for 10-20 minutes, depending on your taste preference.
- Strain the tea and serve hot or over ice.
- You may want to sweeten your brew with honey, sugar, stevia, or a peppermint candy stick for an extra treat.
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