We all know about peppermint leaves, but do we know the true history? Peppermint is a perennial herb from the mint family. It is aromatic, has a very strong cooling scent with a pungent aftertaste. The leaves are often used as a culinary herb, the flowers are dried and used to flavor candy, desserts, and beverages. The peppermint plant is a hybrid and actually is a cross with watermint and spearmint These plants are grown mostly in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Peppermint is a versatile herb and been relied on for centuries as a healer. It is very easy to grow as it does not require tropical heat. There are many varieties of mint, the last count was 600 types, along with a wide range of flavors too. Peppermint was used by ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a remedy as there really were no doctors. It was not until the end of the 17th century that the value offered by peppermint was really understood. People were unable to afford or attend a dental mechanic and suffered from foul breath. Many covered up the distasteful odor by chewing on several sprigs of peppermint, too bad that it did not cure their oral ailment.
Naturopaths and homeopaths are the rage today. People do not want to go to the traditional physician as they are seeking alternative medicine. Small ailments can be remedied easily by using the natural herb peppermint.
Here are 7 reasons to never underestimate peppermint tea:
• Reduces a cough and bronchitis
• Eases digestive upsets
• Relieves tension headaches and migraines
• Helps to relieve clogged sinuses
• Improves with energy
• Helps improve your sleep
• Fights bacterial infections
You can buy fresh or dried peppermint leaves at most health food grocers. I normally would suggest they are organic and possibly fair trade too. You can store them in a glass jar or metal tin. I would strongly suggest not to put them in plastic as it will leech, and harm the environment.
Peppermint tea can be used as a remedy by boiling a cup of water and putting in the dried leaves and letting it steep for at least 5 minutes. You can drink it any time of the day as it is caffeine-free will not give you the jitters.
I think if you try our 7 reasons to never underestimate peppermint tea you will cure any health issues and the best bonus it freshens your breath too!