When I think of mint, my mind instantly goes to After Eights or soft mints that my dad tries to sneakily eat without me seeing. The natural herb has some common yet surprising benefits to our bodies that can be devoured in one cup of tea.
Mint is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, such as rosmarnic acid, which aids with hay fever allergies. It acts as a natural antihistamine to relieve those seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint also contains menthol, which aids with colds as it acts as a natural aromatic decongestant. It works by breaking up phlegm and mucus, which makes it easier to expel allowing us to get better faster. Menthol is also used to cure sore throats due to its cooling effect. Menthol is also used as a muscle relaxant and helps with stress and anxiety as well as sleep deprivation. This incredible herb can also be used to prevent damage from breastfeeding in first time mothers as mint is able to prevent cracks to the nipple and relief pain that is caused from breastfeeding.
A common use of mint tea is to relieve an upset stomach or indigestion. The mint encourages bile flow to speed up and ease digestion, and also improves cholesterol levels. Another common use of mint is to aid with weight loss. It acts as an appetite suppressant and its sweet flavour is able calm your cravings allowing you to lose weight.
To benefit from best from mint, we’d suggest brewing your own tea. Here’s how:
- 5-10 fresh mint leaves (any variety)
- 473ml boiling water
- A pot or kettle for boiling
- A sieve
- Sweeteners or lemon juice (optional)
- Pick your leaves, and then wash them to remove any dirt or bugs, tearing the leaves before brewing release their aroma making the tea stronger.
- Pop the clean leaves into a pot ready for boiling.
- Pour the boiling water on top of the leaves and leave too steep for five to ten minutes depending on how strong you like your tea.
- Pour your tea into a cup using the sieve to remove the leaves. You can leave the leaves in the tea to let it get stronger.
- If you desire, add sweeteners or lemon to add to the taste.