Peppermint Tea Health Benefits

by rfcamat on July 4, 2011

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea

Also called mint tea, peppermint tea is famous for its soothing effect because of an active ingredient called menthol. Peppermint itself is a medicinal herb, originally found only in Europe and Asia but can now be found across the world. During the winter months, anyone can prepare and enjoy it at home; all they need are dried peppermint leaves. Crispy leaves are the perfect quality. After crushing, let the leaves boil in water and stand for several minutes. It’s that simple.

However, this simple concoction also has a number of known health benefits. Its soothing effect is just one among many discussed below.

Eases Digestive Problems

Because of its ability to cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, stomach aches, nausea, and other digestive problems, peppermint tea is called the “stomach healer”. Its muscle relaxing properties makes it a recommended drink for people suffering from stomach cramps and inflammation of the digestive tract. The ingredient responsible for this healing trait is menthol. Babies with colic were once treated with peppermint tea. Nowadays, this method is no longer advised for infants and children because a choking sensation can be induced by menthol.

Takes Away Bad Breath

What is the very first ingredient of toothpastes and mouthwashes that comes to mind? The answer is usually peppermint. Any type is known to reduce bad breath and also cure gum disease responsible for the former. With the same concept, one of the recognized health benefits of peppermint tea is improved oral health. Some people even believe that constant intake can lead to noticeably fresher breath. While brushing seems to be more convenient to your routine, drinking peppermint tea is worth a shot, if everything else has failed.

Protection from Disease and Infection

As an immune booster, peppermint tea strengthens one’s body against common diseases and infections. Some vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous can be found in every cup. Because of menthol, it also relieves symptoms of common colds and flu. Good news, it also prevents a person from getting infected again.  Some people also claim that it also controls the effects of mild asthma. Peppermint tea can be a complementary source for the right immune builders, but it is always helpful to practice other healthy habits for a healthier you.

Stress Reliever

Because of its aroma and minty taste, one of the health benefits of peppermint tea is to give your body a calming effect. Regular drinkers are reported to have fewer anxiety attacks and higher tolerance to stress. Meanwhile, those who have problems sleeping can drink a cup to have a better night’s sleep; this effect is also credited to peppermint tea’s soothing properties. A few studies have shown that there is a direct relationship between peppermint tea’s stress relieving properties to its immune boosting properties.

These and many more health benefits of drinking peppermint tea await those who wish to have a cup. As with any other tea type, drinking peppermint tea promotes an organic way of maintaining one’s health.

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