Peppermint is an aromatic herb that is native to Europe and Asia. Aside from its minty taste, it has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits. Its leaves contain several essential oils including menthol, menthone, and limonene.
Consuming a cup of refreshing peppermint tea can help us enjoy its wide range of positive effects in our body.
Help Relieve From Menstrual Cramps
Peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant which may relieve menstrual cramps.
In a study involving 127 students experiencing menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhoea, experts found that those who ingest peppermint capsules have significantly less intensity and duration of pains as compared to the placebo group.
According to experts, the consumption of peppermint tea provides the same effect. That’s why, for those suffering from menstrual cramps, try to consider drinking 2-3 cup of peppermint tea daily during menstruation.
Peppermint tea is naturally caffeine-free. Aside from this, drinking a cup of it before bedtime can help relax our muscles thereby helping us have restful and sound sleep Relief from tension headaches
Peppermint tea can offer pain relief for those suffering from worse headaches. It helps open up constricted blood vessels, thus enabling blood to properly flow.
According to a 2016 study, applying peppermint oil can also help relieve migraine or headache pain and relax muscles. This effect is due to its cooling sensation.
Peppermint tea has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that are beneficial for digestion and gut health. This is mainly due to its menthol content which is responsible for its icy-hot taste.
Health practitioners recommend peppermint tea for indigestion gas, stomach pains, stomach-aches, diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Peppermint has been a common flavoring for toothpaste, chewing gums, and mouthwashes.
The tea has antibacterial properties can help kill germs that cause dental plaque, thus improving our breath.
Boosts Immune System
Thanks to the tea’s antibacterial effects. Consumption of it can help us fight off disease-causing illness and further improve our immunity. It can help our body function in a healthy way due to its traces of vitamin B, potassium, and numerous antioxidants.
Aids Nasal Congestion
The antibacterial properties of peppermint tea can help ease some kinds of respiratory infections like colds. It is also helpful in calming down inflamed tissues in the throat and sinuses, thinning accumulated mucus, and helping a person breathe better.
How to Make the Perfect Peppermint Tea?
It’s easy to grow peppermint at home and simply prepare a cup of tea out of it. Here’s how to make a perfect peppermint tea.
Boil at least two cups of water in a pan and add a handful of mint leaves (tear them first before adding). Let the water boil for a few minutes. Don’t strain the water right after turning the burner off. Let the water soak up all the goodness of mint. After a few minutes, strain it and pour it in a cup or mug and add a hint of honey for additional taste and benefit.