Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is an aromatic herb from the mint family. This plant is used to add flavor or fragrance to foods, cosmetics soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other products (1). Its leaves have been used in medicine for several thousand years.
When it comes to dealing with nausea, peppermint is a classic choice (2).
A study involving 123 people revealed that simply inhaling peppermint oil significantly reduced nausea after surgery (3).
Consuming a cup of peppermint tea gives calming effects and relaxes the stomach muscle, which were the nauseating feeling comes from. It is one of the famously known and common teas we can drink if felt nauseous or have morning sickness (4).
Peppermint oil, the one that gives the tea its minty flavor, helps relax smooth muscles in our stomach (5).
According to the NCCIH, both the leaves and the oil of peppermint are helpful in dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. It has a calming and numbing effect that helps relax stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats, and food can move through the stomach quickly. A study published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing suggests that the scent of peppermint oil can ease nausea (6,7).
A number of studies showed results on how peppermint oil and peppermint-based treatments as being useful in alleviating IBS symptoms, stomach cramps, and also abdominal pain (8).
How To Make Peppermint Tea?
Nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and indigestion may all be eased with a cup of peppermint tea. That’s why skip the caffeine and reach for this power-packed herb instead.
For this soothing tea, we simply need to boil 2 cups of water. Add 10 to 20 crushed fresh mint leaves. Turn off the heat, and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired strength is achieved. Strain leaves (or chew them if you don’t mind the texture and they are small). Serve warm with a drizzle of honey and squeeze of lemon (9).
Other Benefits Of Peppermint
- May help improve sleep
- May help fight bacterial infections
- May help freshen breath
- May improve energy
- May help calm skin irritation and itchiness
- May help relieve clogged sinuses
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