Peppermint tea is a very useful tea to drink for indigestion, gastrointestinal problems and preventing flatulence. You can make it to stimulate digestive juices and ease stomach cramps and abdominal pain. It has been found to have an anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and calming effect on the entire gastrointestinal tract.
Peppermint tea also encourages the gallbladder to secrete bile, which is used to assist in the digestion of fats. A warm cup of it right before a large meal is a great digestive aid that can really help prevent digestive problems.
Ahead are the three best ways for how to make peppermint tea for yourself and start benefiting from this wonderfully refreshing drink.
Loose Leaf Dried Tea
A simple and cost effective way to make the tea is to put a heaped teaspoon of dried organic peppermint leaves into a teapot with a filter or a french press and steep it in very hot water for at least two minutes. Longer steeping time will make for a stronger cup of tea.
You really shouldn’t need any sweetener with peppermint tea. There are virtually no calories in peppermint so why add them. Besides, it tastes great just as it is. Try it a few times before reaching for bacteria feeding and flatulence fueling sugar or highly questionable artificial sweeteners.
How to Make Fresh Peppermint Tea at Home
If you have your own true peppermint plant at home (grown from cuttings as plants grown from seeds are not true peppermint), you can pick around a dozen blemish free leaves, wash them and crush them up with your fingers or back of a spoon to release more of the beneficial oils.
Once again place them in a french press or teapot with a filter and steep for a bit longer than with dried peppermint with water that is hot and steaming but not quite boiling. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, pour and enjoy.
Organic Tea Bags
Peppermint tea bags are obviously convenient for traveling (the herb is particularly good for travel sickness too) and easy to take to work, so if you feel you’re more likely to use teabags than the loose leaf tea, they’re worth the little extra.
Something else I think is worth a little more is organic peppermint tea. The pesticide load on some cultivated crops that are being tested is a serious health concern. Organic foods and herbs help to minimize your exposure and the difference in price between conventional and organic peppermint tea is fractional.
Another thing to look for if possible is unbleached teabags. Some of the chemicals used in bleaching paper products are not the type of compounds you want bumping around in your body. It’s true most people will eliminate them without obvious problems, but why give your body extra work when it could be doing more important things for your health and energy.
Peppermint Tea Combinations
Peppermint and ginger tea is a popular combination for digestive problems. Ginger is quite a digestion star in its own right and peppermint can mellow out the flavor of ginger for those who find it too strong.
Peppermint with green tea can really wake you up in the morning, but in a more refreshing way than the jittery jolt of coffee. Both peppermint and green tea are very beneficial to the digestive system.
Additionally, green tea can help improve your metabolism and is full of beneficial antioxidants that are believed to help protect us from a variety of health problems and diseases.
Fennel is another herb that is extremely beneficial in relieving digestion problems – bloating and flatulence in particular. Fennel and peppermint tea combined may just be about the best peppermint tea combination for relieving intestinal gas, bloating and excessive flatulence.
For some reason not many tea producers have come up with peppermint and fennel combinations. That doesn’t matter though when you can simply get both organic peppermint tea and organic fennel tea and use a bag of both in the same cup for a really powerful flatulence defeating brew.
Chamomile and peppermint tea is a good combination for relaxing at the end of the day. Chamomile is particularly good for letting go of stress, releasing tension and helping you get to sleep.
So there’s some good options for how to make peppermint tea and enjoy it’s many benefits. If you’ve never tried it before I hope you’ll give it a chance. It tastes great and is so much better for you than coffee, as the next post on coffee’s negative effect on your digestive system will go into in detail.