Packing a Punch with Peppermint Tea

Packing a Punch with Peppermint Tea

Enhances weight loss and memory

This humble little herb that is so easy to grow is a must for the herb garden.

Did you know the smell of peppermint before a meal can actually help you consume less calories by reducing your appetite?

To aid digestion after a meal peppermint tea will help soothe the stomach walls and any inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers in Australia have recently discovered how peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the colon. Mint also works for bloating, griping, colic, nausea, vomiting and IBS.

Peppermint is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and various minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.  Commonly used to treat colds and flu, various studies have shown that it is kills bacteria and viruses. It also has cancer fighting properties.

Ideally use fresh organic peppermint leaves if you can, ideally in the garden or in a pot in the kitchen. These will have the most nutritional value. To make some peppermint tea, place a few sprigs in a teapot and pour in some boiling water. Leave to infuse for a few minutes before straining and drinking.  If fresh mint is not available dried leaves are a good substitute.

Medicinally mint is classified as heating as well as cooling herb depending on its use. Antiseptic and antifungal and anti-viral, used to treat headaches, insect bites and aches and pains and will even give you an energy boost.

Researchers from Northumbria University found that people who drank peppermint tea had improved long term memory, working memory and alertness. The peppermint increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. The blood carries oxygen to your brain, keeping it functioning at optimal levels.

A pot of mint tea can also make a great foot bath, make a large pot and leave till it’s the right temperature and put in a large basin.  Soak and sooth tired achy feet for ten to twenty minutes.