10 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Peppermint Tea
- Published on: 09 September, 2016
- Last update: 03 November, 2020
1. Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to give you a more restful sleep thanks to the menthol relaxing your muscles.
2. A strong brew of this tea will also help you to dream more vividly AND remember the details! Sip a cup while reading a book before bed to get your imagination working.
3. A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that peppermint tea can increase focus and concentration. Peppermint diffused in a room full of test-takers boosted their alertness and concentration. The smell of menthol also stimulates the hippocampus, the brain’s memory center.
4. A blend of green tea & peppermint tea in the morning can boost your metabolism and help you shed pounds, while a cup after your last meal can help suppress your appetite and satisfy your craving for sweets.
5. Menthol is a natural decongestant, providing relief from sinus pressure related to colds and allergies. Hot peppermint tea can also soothe a sore throat.
6. If you suffer from hormonal acne (for example, your acne gets better with birth control), peppermint tea could be part of a safer, natural solution. Peppermint tea offers a slight boost in estrogen levels to some drinkers, which can help curb these hormonal problems and aid in clear skin.
7. Peppermint tea is a great natural remedy for indigestion and stomach ailments, including bloating, gas, and constipation. Peppermint has been used as a medicine and supplement for over 10,000 years and is still used today by some medical professionals to soothe Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
8. Peppermint tea is antispasmodic, so it reduces the chances of vomiting and nausea, even in cases of motion sickness on a boat or a plane.
9. Peppermint is perfect to drink after a particularly heavy/greasy meal. It is know to increase bile flow, which greatly improves your digestion of fats.
10. Extracts from peppermint leaves help inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may reduce seasonal allergies.
I make peppermint tea by steeping the leaves in boiling water in my french press! I squeeze the french press firmly at the end to make sure I get all the juices and essential oils. When you’re done, you can use the warm, freshly brewed leaves as a compress for tension headaches.