I believe most people either love or hate the taste of mint. I am one of those people. Peppermint candy and mint chocolate are sweet yet spicy treats individuals seem to enjoy; however, these two flavors just don't match up for me.
It took a lot of convincing for me to even try peppermint tea. Sure, I heard it was healthy, but green tea is the healthy fad that I actually love. It wasn’t until I saw my sister sipping on a cup of peppermint tea, making a comment about how it helped reduce bloating, that I became interested.
This was a new fact that I hadn’t heard about tea yet. Wouldn't it just be great to still have a flat stomach by the end of the day after a large meal? Willing to try anything, I gave it a go.
The first try wasn't pleasant as I really didn't like the strong taste, but it got much better after the first cup, and it felt great. I was refreshed, healthy, and less bloated. Suspicious that I was imagining this, I actually looked into the benefits of peppermint tea and was surprised to find so many articles that listed the many benefits.
Benefits to the Stomach
Peppermint is great for soothing the stomach as it contains methanol. It can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, stomach aches, diarrhea, and constipation. It is also used for resolving digestive problems, helping with heart burn, vomiting, and upset stomachs.
More importantly to me it was proven to relieve gas and bloating. According to Maryland Medical Centre, it's because it helps relax your stomach muscles, allowing the digestive gases to pass more easily.
Peppermint tea is an herbal tea, so it is completely caffeine-free. This means you can benefit from it anytime in the day, even a cup before bed to help sooth yourself.Peppermint tea is packed with calcium, vitamin B, and potassium which are nutrients that improve your immune system. This helps relieve symptoms of a cold or flu, making you feel better quickly. It can also reduce congestion by thinning mucus and can also relieve coughing.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
The methanol that was mentioned acts as a relaxant, also soothes the rest of the body to reduce stress and anxiety. No wonder it made me feel amazing.
The cool, refreshing flavor of peppermint helps people stay alert and more focused. It's said to boost your mental performance too.
Stops Bad Breath
As you've probably experienced with peppermint candies, or something called breath mints, peppermint tea can also help relieve bad breath.
Sounds like a miracle tea? I can definitely say I'm addicted. It has become a routine boost of refreshment that has left me glowing and less bloated. So maybe next time as you head to work, or school, you'll purchase a peppermint tea instead. Who can't agree that these benefits make the tea sound like the perfect cure you need for everything right now.