Peppermint tea may be the one thing that your body has been missing. The aromatic herb has cooling properties and is typically used in products which promote fresh breath such as toothpaste, breath mints and chewing gum.
Peppermint tea bags are stocked at the tea section in major supermarkets, or you can crush a few fresh peppermint leaves, add them to boiling water and sieve before drinking. Aside from its aroma and refreshing flavour, peppermint tea has a number of health benefits that you don’t want to miss out on.
Here are four benefits of drinking peppermint tea every day.
You can crush a few fresh peppermint leaves, add them to boiling water and sieve before drinking (Image: Shutterstock)
- Improves digestion
The discomfort of digestive issues can make it hard for us to be productive and get through our day. This minty tea is a natural remedy for gas, bloating and indigestion. How the peppermint in the tea works is by relaxing the muscles in your digestive system. Drinking peppermint tea every day will have you feeling comfortable and confident enough to take on your day head-on!
- Eases menstrual cramps
Many women can agree to the fact that the worst part of every month is ‘that time of the month’. Menstrual cramps can be very painful even unbearable for some women. Peppermint is a muscle relaxant and it helps prevent muscle contractions, especially in the walls of the uterus. Drinking peppermint tea in the days leading up to menstruation can help alleviate the uncomfortable pain of menstrual cramps.
- Relives headaches
You need to consider replacing over-the-counter painkillers with peppermint tea. Treat yourself to a steaming cup of peppermint whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. The aroma of peppermint alone is an aromatherapy agent which will ease any tension you may feel. As a tea, the herb works to open up restricted blood vessels in the brain, which are as a result of a headache.
- Clears sinuses
Sinus congestion is irritating and uncomfortable. Peppermint tea can clear this up for you because it naturally has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for clearing up clogged sinuses. It breaks up phlegm and mucus congestion helping you breathe better. Even while drinking peppermint tea, the steam from the cup helps break down phlegm and mucus.
- Energy boost
If you get lethargic during the day, especially after a heavy lunch, peppermint tea can help you perk up. Fight this daytime fatigue by popping a tea bag into your bag on your way out of the house and fix yourself a cuppa at work, or carry a steaming hot flask of ready-made tea from home.