Mint has been used for its flavor and aroma for thousands of years and during the Middle Ages mint made its way into kitchen and medicinal gardens and grew into an expansive variety of purposes: from healing insect bites, to curing, nausea, to whitening your teeth, curing colds and indigestion and even making great cocktails, desserts with chocolate and bubble gum. In the mid-18th century mint began to achieve commercial significance and spread like wildfire.
Peppermint tea is a great herbal tea that goes down smoothly on its own or mixed with other herbal teas.
Peppermint is a cross between spearmint and watermint and has a very high menthol content which give mint its strong minty flavor and produces a strong aroma yet has a sweet refreshing flavor and leaves a cool aftertaste on the palate that goes down very quickly and can be enjoyed cold or hot.
Following a meal with a dessert featuring mint can do wonders for those seeking to lose weight. Desserts like dark chocolate mint brownies, mint sorbet or mint tea can do wonders for overeating as the mint flavors actually end signals to your brain that it’s time to stop eating and also tweaks your taste buds so that second helpings will not taste quite so good. Sugar free gum and even mint flavored toothpaste can aid in this cause.
Peppermint tea is not only useful as it also boost your immune system but is highly effective in getting your metabolism going in the morning and thus burning more calories. The properties which are found in peppermint can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and is great for aiding the muscles in relaxing. Peppermint is also great for the skin, can give you great breath, treat headaches, sinuses and helps in the fight against gingivitis. Those suffering from abdominal pains caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) will be glad to hear that peppermint helps in relaxing your abdomen and helps in reducing the pain that is associated with IBS.
When seeking out this tea in stores stick only to the loose leafs. You tend to lose a lot of the benefits and great flavor when bought in teabags.