You may have heard of peppermint tea that makes for an excellent concoction having myriad health and beauty benefits. A cup of peppermint tea can help you in ways more than just one. According to Nutritionist Dr. Simran Saini from Fortis Hospital, "Peppermint tea helps in aiding weight loss, reduces heartburn, makes your skin glow, induces sleep and provides satiety, further helping you to lose weight. There is barely any side effect of peppermint tea; so you can drink it any time you want to.” Peppermint forms an important part of our lives; from giving our upset stomach some relief to providing our drinks a refreshing taste and aroma. Its calmative properties can leave you relaxed, release your stress and mental pressure; that’s how good and rejuvenating peppermint is.
Nutritionist and Macrobiotic Health Coach Shilpa Arora agrees, “It is a great concoction for metabolism, relieves excessive acidity and clears acne if applied to the skin. People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should have the tea at least 3-4 times to heal the gut.” When it comes to relieving stress and anxiety, peppermint tea is one of the best allies. The menthol present in the herb is known to be a muscle relaxant and is antispasmodic in nature, helping you relax amidst ongoing mental stress.
If you are an insomniac, peppermint tea is the perfect bet for you. For a restful and sound sleep, drink caffeine free peppermint tea that also acts as a muscle relaxant and helps you sleep peacefully. Dr. Simran recommends a cup of peppermint tea at night to people who sleep late. If you are looking to shed a few kilograms, peppermint tea is the way ahead. Dr. Simran shares, “a cup of peppermint tea can leave you feeling full for a longer period, so you don’t feel hungry through the day. This way you will avoid adding extra calories to your day and resultant lose weight.”
According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, menthol, the active oil in mint, is responsible for the antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make mint a good choice for improving digestion. Its adaptogenic properties mean it can help balance the body in whatever way is needed. Peppermint has antibacterial properties that help fight off disease causing illnesses and further improves immunity system. The traces of potassium, vitamin B and various antioxidants help the body function in a healthy way.
Most mouth fresheners have peppermint in it. The active oil known as menthol present in the tea promotes fresh breath. Its antibacterial properties help wash off any possible plaque that leads to foul smell.
Peppermint may also do wonders for your tummy. Stomach issues like constipation, motion sickness and IBS are very common nowadays. Thanks to the menthol present in peppermint that helps soothe the stomach and relieve digestion process.
Let's now take a look at how to prepare the peppermint tea in less than 10 minutes.
1. 2 cups filtered water.
2. 15 fresh peppermint leaves.
3. 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar or honey(optional)
4. Lemon slices(optional).
5. Fresh lemon juice(optional).
6. 1 cup ice(optional).
1. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Remove from the heat and add the fresh mint leaves. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on desired strength.
3. Add optional sweetener. Start with 1 teaspoon per cup and add more as desired.
4. If serving iced, fill tall glasses with ice and pour the tea over. If serving hot, pour the tea into mugs. Garnish with optional lemon slices and/or lemon juice to taste.
5. Drink immediately.
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