Peppermint Tea Benefits
Green tea, black tea and white tea have shown to have many health benefits. Here's another one that also provides medicinal and health benefits. It is peppermint tea or also referred to as mint tea.
Peppermint is an herbal plant. The flowers are dried and used to make peppermint oil while peppermint leaves are often used to make peppermint tea. Peppermints are also commonly added to bring the mint flavor in food such as ice cream, candies, pastry and chewing gum. They are also used in mouthwash, toothpaste, cream soaps, body lotions and shampoo.
Peppermint tea benefits come from the nutrients found in the leaves. Among the nutrient in fresh peppermint leaves are fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin C, the B vitamins, vitamin A and phytosterol.
Peppermint has high menthol content. Menthol is an organic compound, has analgesic or pain relief properties and provides a cooling sensation when inhaled, eaten, or applied to the skin. The menthol in a cup of hot peppermint tea may help to clear sinuses and help to break up congestion leading to better and clearer breathing when you have a cold. It may also serve as an aid to fighting bad breath for those who have difficulty with halitosis.
So, from stuffy nose to irritable bowel syndrome, peppermint tea may aid the treatment of a variety of health issues both big and small.
Peppermint tea helps to improve digestion, eases nausea and vomiting, and treat IBS because it relaxes and soothes the stomach. By easing nausea and vomiting and providing liquid to the body it can help prevent dehydration in severe flu cases and other health problems where this could become an issue. By improving digestion it can help prevent flatulence and that bloated feeling that poor digestion usually causes helping you to remain more active and freeing you from those minor pains caused by excess gas.
In addition, a hot cup of mint tea helps you relax and relieve stress. The menthol may also relieve headaches caused by stress.
While peppermint tea benefits are many and varied there are some side effects you need to be aware of as well. There were reports that people with GERD or a gastrointestinal ailment should try avoiding drinking this tea as it may worsen the condition.