What Is Mint Tea Good For?
Mint has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years with it's origins in Europe and Asia. There are many varieties of mint, by far the most popular for tea making is Peppermint.
Mint contains a number of vitamins and minerals which are vital to health including Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and magnesium and it is thought to have a number of healing properties, five of which are outlined below:
1. Relieves Indigestion
The symptoms associated with indigestion have been found to be eased by drinking Mint tea which helps to move food quickly through the stomach, and also by the calming effect it has on the stomach muscles.
2. Cold & Flu Treatment
The active ingredient in Mint is menthol which acts as an effective decongestant and an expectorant that will promote the loosening of chesty coughs. Dry coughs can also benefit from it's calming properties.
3. Relieves Upset Stomach
Mint's relaxing properties can unbind the muscles of the abdominal area and can help relieve menstrual cramps and other muscular complaints. Oil in the Mint leaf can reduce gas and stomach bloating.
4. Relives Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mint tea is thought to be extremely useful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) cramps as it calms the muscles of the stomach and increases gastric juice production.
5. Mild Sedative
Drinking Mint tea can act as a mild sedative aiding relaxation, and when drunk before going to bed may reduce insomnia.
Tea is best brewed from fresh mint and can be served hot or iced.