The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
My sister is a huge fan of peppermint tea. She often uses it to finish off her dinner. She says that it helps her digestion, and it is a good substitute for dessert with no calories!
I have been doing some research for my new book and it turns out that my sister is right! Peppermint tea has some real health benefits. These include aiding digestion, assisting weight loss, helping to deal with stress, ensuring you sleep better, helping concentration and reducing the effects of a headache. Pretty great huh!
It turns out that the menthol in Peppermint tea, which is its main active ingredient, does help with digestion.
If you take it before the meal it can actually work as an appetite suppressant, ensuring that you eat less!
If you want to lose weight, try starting your day with an infusion of Peppermint Tea and Green tea. This helps stimulate your metabolism, as the catechins in green tea are proven to help boost metabolism and the Peppermint tea reduces appetite.
The menthol in the peppermint tea has other uses. It is a proven muscle relaxant so it comes in handy as a natural way to reduce stress! Just grab a cup of peppermint tea mid-afternoon instead of reaching for your usual caffeine hit! By helping to relax muscles and reduce stress, peppermint tea can also help alleviate headaches. And if you have a cup of peppermint tea before bed, not only will it help you sleep better, it will also give you more colourful dreams!
If you really want to boost the effects of the peppermint tea, then make it from fresh peppermint leaves rather than using dried, processed teas.
Peppermint is really easy to grow in your garden, even if you only have a balcony! Just ensure you keep it moist as, being natural hybrid between spearmint and water mint, it just loves water!
Be careful planting it out in your garden though. Like all plants in the mint family it can become very invasive. I find it best to plant in a pot which I keep in semi shade. It gets some morning sun and it just thrives.
A word of warning though. Like all good things, it can have some downsides. If you are pregnant then it is a good idea to avoid peppermint. And sadly some people are allergic to the menthol.
Luckily I’m not one of them, so I think I’ll be growing and using more of this magic herb now that I know more about its health benefits.
Happy gardening 🙂
Rohanne, your Personal Gardening Expert