Are there Herbal Tea Benefits to Peppermint Tea?

Peppermint Tea

Sometimes referred to as mint tea, peppermint tea is a caffeine-free tea instilled with peppermint, a hybrid mint plant which is part watermint and spearmint, and widely cultivated all over world. Although peppermint herb tea has not yet been subjected to clinical research, many people believe this tea contains a variety of health benefits due to the menthol contained in the herb.

peppermint teaMenthol is a synthetic organic compound possessing analgesic qualities that are commonly used for sore throats and respiratory ailments. Most throat lozenges contain menthol, as well as over the counter medications like Vick's Vaporub.

Healing Properties of Peppermint Tea

Besides having a refreshing, cool flavor, this mint tea is said to be responsible for relieving a number of health concerns such as:

The tea itself is made from dried peppermint leaves and can be consumed either hot or cold. To ease a stomachache after eating, drinking a cup of peppermint herb tea is recommended, or mixing 1/2 ounce peppermint leaves with 1/4 ounce of camellia leaves can also be used to relieve discomfort. Boil the tea water for around eight minutes to extract the maximum amount of menthol and other healing ingredients from the tea and then strain before drinking. In addition, you can add honey or lemon juice to the peppermint herb tea for a unique flavor experience.

Peppermint herbal tea is also said to enhance the immune system due to its rich amounts of vitamin B, potassium and calcium. In addition, the analgesic properties of menthol can be utilized for external healing purposes, such as rubbing the leaves on sore muscles or on temples to relieve headache.

growing peppermintGrowing Your Own Peppermint

Research facts about tea leaves and you will find it is not hard to grow for your own use. Peppermint likes partial or full sun and prefers a rich loam that keeps water rather than dirt that allows it to dry quickly. Peppermint grows quickly, sprouting after three to four weeks. When it is mature, you can continue cutting the leaves and use them fresh or freeze the leaves for later use. Freezing peppermint is a good way to retain its ingredients which contribute to its healing properties.

As a perennial herb, peppermint will easily grow back each year, but if you plant the herb outside, remember to place a layer of mulch over the seeds in case of extremely cold weather. Also, plant it where it can spread, because most mints will spread out, even replacing grass and weeds.

Important Menthol Information

Since menthol is the main ingredient in peppermint herbal tea, do not drink the tea if you have had an allergic reaction to menthol in the past. It is also recommended that you ask your doctor if it is acceptable to use peppermint tea if you have allergies or bouts of asthma. As an ancient herbal remedy for many common ailments, however, peppermint tea is known to naturally improve many health conditions while providing a delicious and nutritious taste experience.

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