10 Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea, and a recipe to make this yourself at home

1. Peppermint tea is simply a combination of boiled water and fresh peppermint leaves.

2. Many people enjoy drinking this herbal tea, not only because it tastes absolutely delicious, but also because it has a large variety of health benefits for the human body.

3. Drinking this tea regularly helps the body to digest food more efficiently, and therefore is brilliant for weight loss.

4. It also helps to suppress the appetite, so it can be great to drink whilst you’re on a diet.

5. Peppermint tea can also stabilise medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea and constipation, bloating and gas.

6. Menthol is a compound which is contained within peppermint leaves. This is a natural muscle relaxant, which helps to soothe your muscles after a workout, or strenuous day.

7. It also helps to soothe and relax the throat, after long sessions of singing, or shout if you have to use your voice a lot.

8. By simply inhaling the steam and aroma from this tea, it can help to treat chest congestion when you have a cough or help relieve the sinuses when they are blocked.

9. Peppermint is one of the highest sources for anti-oxidants, as we know these protect the body from all kinds of diseases from bacteria, to viruses to intestinal worms, and even help ease some allergies.

10. If you have trouble sleeping, this is the perfect beverage. Simply drinking a cup of this tea will help you to drift into a wonderful sleep, and experience more vivid dreams.

11. Not only can you drink it, but you can also use it as a natural rinse for your hair. This can help with scalp problems such as dandruff.

12. Regular consumption of peppermint tea will also reduce oily skin which can often cause spots, pimples and acne.

13. Peppermint tea contains hardly any calories. In fact, there is around 1 calorie in each cup.

14. You can make peppermint tea, by using either fresh or dried leaves. I recommend using fresh leaves, for the very best flavour and nutrients.

15. Here is a simple recipe for peppermint tea: Grab a handful of fresh peppermint leaves, and give them a good wash. Now slice them roughly with a sharp knife. This will help to bring out the essential oils within the leaves. Now simply add them to a cup of boiling water, and let them infuse for about 2 minutes. You can then drink this tea immediately, or you can strain it if you prefer to remove the leaves.

16. Iced Peppermint Tea. If you would prefer a nice cold drink. You could repeat the process above and then refrigerate the liquid until its ice cold. Then add some large ice cubes, and some slices of lemon if you’d like. You will have then created peppermint iced tea, which is sometimes referred to as peppermint water. It’s absolutely delicious and wonderful to drink on a warm summer’s day.

17. If you want to grow your own peppermint leaves, the good news is that it’s extremely easy to do. The plant is very vigorous and likes to spread very quickly. My best tip would be that when the stems and buds are growing, keep cutting the top off the plant. After a couple of days, with regular watering, you’ll notice that it will get bushier as new stems will form around the edges. You want to grow as many leaves as possible, rather than a single stalk.

18. Each time you harvest your leaves, make sure to water the plant well so that it can grow a fresh batch as quickly as possible.