How To Make Fresh Mint Tea
Mint tea is great to have any time of the year. I love peppermint and don't mind how fast it grows and spreads. During the spring and summer I am continuously cutting it down and drying them for the winter. Peppermint has many uses, one of them being tea. Freshly picked peppermint makes a delicious tea and has multiple health benefits. It soothes the lining of your stomach and calms your nerves. Peppermint helps to release bile from your gallbladder which aids the digestion of fats. If you have acid reflux or GERD, you should drink peppermint in moderation as it may make the condition worse - due to the fact that it relaxes the esophageal sphincter which allows stomach acids to escape. Peppermint is also high in antioxidants and contain properties that fight certain types of bacteria. It is packed with vitamins such as C and A. If you have a garden, you can easily grow it and enjoy peppermint tea whenever you want. Drying Peppermint leaves is easy. Just take the leave off and put them on a cookie sheet to dry out for a few days, then crush them. They can be stored in containers as loose tea so you can enjoy peppermint tea during the winter months.
Make your peppermint tea ahead of time
When making peppermint tea, you can actually make a big pot at one time and store it in your refrigerator for up to two days. If some of the leaves are left in, it will continue to brew and become more flavorful. This tea is enjoyable as a hot or cold beverage. This smells so good when your making it.
- Gather some fresh peppermint and rinse them thoroughly with cold water.
- Pick leaves off the stems and roll them together and chop into small pieces (I love doing this because it releases the peppermint fragrance and makes your kitchen smell so good).
- Use a ratio of 1 tsp of chopped peppermint leaves to one cup of water.
- Add chopped leaves to a saucepan of boiling water and boil for one minute.
- Turn off heat, cover the saucepan and allow leaves to steep in the hot water for up to an hour.
- Pour the peppermint brew through a strainer to remove the leaves.
- Sweeten with honey or sugar if you choose.
A favorite tea pot
Do you have a favorite tea pot? I do, it's the kind that has a removable strainer. Having one like this allows you to pour the hot tea directly from the saucepan to the tea pot. When you're ready to pour the tea in your tea pot, the leaves remain in the strainer. Peppermint tea is delicious when sweetened with honey.
Health Benefits of Peppermint
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint is good for headaches, anxiety and depression. Peppermint is also good for menstrual cramps, nausea, diarrhea and flatulence. It has natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral properties. Peppermint contains menthol which makes it a great tea for colds to break up congestion. It also works great as an expectorant - to bring up phlegm and mucus. It soothes a sore throat and helps dry throat.
Other health benefits
Peppermint tea has been used for many years as a naturopathic remedy. It soothes irritable bowel syndrome, helps gingivitis and helps to relieve the painful symptoms of shingles.
How peppermint grows
Peppermint has a strong root system and can take over a garden if you're not careful. Keep it under control by pulling up unwanted peppermint by the roots. You can also control it by growing it in a container or a barrel. I personally love how it looks and don't mind it scattered throughout my garden. Just keep ahead of it as best as you can.
If you are allergic to menthol or any type of mint, do not drink peppermint tea. Consult with your primary care provider before using peppermint tea as it may reduce or enhance the effectiveness of some medications.
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