Herbal Teas——————-Peppermint Tea

                                           

                            1887 illustration from Köhlers;Medicinal Plants
                                                             (Wikipedia).

 

Peppermint tea is one of my favourite teas,  drinking it hot,  steeped in a cup, sipping the lovely mint taste and breathing in the aroma  of menthol,  mmm…

Also I love it as a important component of my iced tea, when  on a hot day, mint and lemon are essential ingredients for my refreshing  glass of iced tea.

Besides the wonderful restoring  taste and aroma  it has Health Benefits as well!

Peppermint ………Mentha piperita

Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East and now cultivated around the world, the peppermint plant likes sunlight, warm, moist and rich soils. It is part of the family of plants called herbaceous, shortened of course  to herbs. A herbaceous  plant is typically low growing with green stems not woody and includes perennials, annuals and biennials.

Peppermint tea can be made from the fresh leaves of the plant or the dried leaves, although take care where you pick your fresh leaves in case they have been sprayed with any chemicals, Best to grow your own if you can!

The Benefits of  Peppermint  Tea.

A cup of tea is the easiest way to soothe the mind and the body and also  the quickest way to enter the bloodstream with the wonderful health benefits it can give.

The pure enjoyment of drinking this lovely brew, is definitely the first.

Like all  teas,  Peppermint  is natural, no additives, no preservatives, perfect!

The menthol in Peppermint  aids congestion, clearing the airways and stimulates the sense of alertness.

Suffering with Bronchitis, Laryngitis;  in a bowl of hot water steep a peppermint tea bag  and use  as an inhalant to ease the throat and clear the airways.

Nervous  tension or stress;   try a cup of Peppermint  tea.

Suffering stomach upset, nausea;   the menthol in Peppermint with it’s anaesthetic quality  calms the nerve endings in the stomach.

It also acts as a tonic and cleanser of the digestive system in the body.

When I need a pick up, perhaps at the start of a working shift and would rather be anywhere else, a cup of  hot peppermint tea refreshes me, warms me, especially in winter. In summer I like to take a bottle of brewed peppermint tea with me,  cooled, so I can just sip it as needed during my shift, to freshen my mouth and breath  and enjoy that lovely taste of mint.

Peppermint Oil.

Just to add here;

Well,  I love to have in my house, peppermint oil and lavender oil, peppermint oil especially as it is a natural pesticide and I sprinkle it regularly around the house to keep it free from insects and yes it works, wonderful!   Peppermint oil is the third most popular oil in the world after orange oil and lemon oil. I love the fragrance in my home of these beautiful oils.

For the love and health of drinking our cup of Tea!

Michele

References:

Wikipedia

Victoria Zak and her book: 20,000 Secrets of Tea

(a great read)!

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