This peppermint tea will lift you up and even aid your stomach

By Jeanie Rose | Mint

Dec 25

This peppermint tea will lift you up and even aid your stomachDo you need a quick pick-me-up that is caffeine free and conjures up holiday flavor? This tea is your answer.

The brisk fresh flavor is unparalleled as a scene changer, which could explain the enduring popularity of peppermint candies. Peppermint is also a digestive aid, helping you digest your meals faster, possibly a key to surviving a heavier meal. Foragers will find wild spearmint across the United States that is a great option as well.

What are the benefits of peppermint (Mentha x piperita)?

According to James Duke in the Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, peppermint benefits include improving:

  • Heartburn
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Toothache
  • Sore throat
  • Gout

Whether you brew your tea from fresh mint or dried mint, the process is quick. This is a brew (about 10 minutes) rather than an infusion as with some herbs (1-24 hours).

How to make peppermint tea

This peppermint tea will lift you up and even aid your stomach

  1. Heat your teapot and cup(s).
  2. Bring 1 cup of water (per serving) to boiling.
  3. Place 1 teaspoon of dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh mint per serving into the teapot.
  4. Pour the boiling water into the teapot and secure the teapot lid. Wrap the tea pot in a towel to preserve the heat or set the teapot over a hot spot, like an oven pilot or a relatively cool spot on the top of a wood burning stove. Be creative. Look around. Every home has the perfect spot for maintaining the brew heat. It is the heat that supplies the flavor.
  5. Brew the tea for about ten minutes.
  6. Strain your mint tea into your cup(s) and enjoy with honey and lemon or honey and cream. Or just plain — plain pepper-minty wonderful!

PS: If you are into mint tea, consider collecting and growing an assortment of mints in pots by your kitchen door. There are lemon and orange mints, chocolate mints, lime and ginger mints and many others. All interesting and distinguishable from one another. This could be the beginning of a whole new mania. Have fun!

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