As the name suggests, peppermint tea is an infusion of peppermint. Botanical name of this herb is Mentha piperita. Peppermint tea is also known by the name of mint tea, at times. The tea is caffeine-free naturally and has different health benefits. Peppermint tea is believed to have healing properties and cures different stomach illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, and even headaches.
Peppermint tea is widely consumed in different parts of the world for its several benefits. Herbal medicine practitioners recommend peppermint tea to get rid of several stomach-related infections and problems. In addition to its fragrance, that can be used to keep away bad breath, it relaxes lower esophageal sphincter. Relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter pushes the contents of the stomach upwards into the esophageal tract. Therefore, patients suffering from GERD are advised to stay away from peppermint tea. Peppermint tea also has properties to relax and calm down the intestinal muscles, thereby reducing spasms, diarrhea, and indigestion. It also helps to expel intestinal gas.
Intake of peppermint tea has several other benefits. Not only it controls flatulence and diverticular disorders, it also treats irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and vomiting. In addition to all this, regular intake of peppermint tea improves digestion and reduces heartburn to a considerable degree. It is also believed to dissolve gallstones and suppress gallstone-induced pains. Herbal medicine practitioners also believe peppermint tea to be useful in reducing severity of herpes outbreaks and controlling muscle aches and chronic pains. In addition to fighting bad breath, peppermint in hot tea form clears congestion, cough, and cold along with treatment of allergic rhinitis symptoms. Mild asthma can also be tamed by regular and prolonged intake of peppermint tea. It is also known to reduce stress to a considerable degree.
Peppermint tea is highly beneficial for teachers, actors, speakers, singers and other professionals who have to use their voice, as it soothes the dry, itchy throat. Adding honey to peppermint tea and sipping hot can do wonders and never let your throat dry or itch. Peppermint tea is also said to be beneficial for improving hair quality, as it provides them shine, fragrance, radiance, and strength. Regular intake of peppermint tea lowers estrogen in women and is therefore considered beneficial for women suffering from hirsutism. Regular and prolonged intake of peppermint tea decreases the amount and density of unwanted hair from facial area by lowering estrogen; however, to experience this effect of peppermint, it is recommended to take more than 5 cups per day, which might not be suitable for all people.
As the herbal medicine practitioners explore and research more on this herb, more of its benefits will come to light. But the fact is that peppermint tea already has so many medicinal benefits, that it can be used to treat wide variety of illnesses in humans. So, sip in, and enjoy!
Author: Fabian Young