The peppermint, whose scientific name is ‘Mentha Spicata’ is a plant with a great historical tradition, used for thousands of years as medicinal treatment. Although, little by little it has been incorporated into the diet and one of the healthiest ways to consume it is through a tea.
Due to its characteristic aroma, this plant is currently used to flavor and flavor different culinary preparations. In Andalusia, it is popular to add a mint leaf to the ‘pot’ to provide some freshness.
Thus, the consumption of peppermint provides different benefits to people’s health and in this sense the most appropriate way to incorporate it into the body is through a traditional infusion or tea.
How to make peppermint tea
Currently we find different types of tea that provide a wide variety of benefits to the body, depending on the properties of each one. However, peppermint tea is one of the most traditional infusions among the population and you should try again the virtues of this drink.
To make a peppermint tea at home in a simple way, we need about 20 mint leaves, a liter of water and a sweetener to suit everyone’s taste. Simply with these three ingredients we can make an infusion full of benefits for the body.
1. Wash the peppermint leaves properly to remove any remaining grit.
2. Next, we light the fire and place a pot with the liter of water.
3. Add the mint leaves until the water starts to boil. At this time it is convenient to lower the heat and let the infusion rest for 5 more minutes.
4. After that time, use a lid to cover the pot and let it rest for another five minutes.
5. Finally, before serving the tea it is advisable to strain the infusion.
6. As a final element you can add different types of sweeteners to taste, such as a teaspoon of sugar or honey.
This would be the traditional preparation of a mint tea to use. However, it is also possible to add a couple of leaves of this plant to any type of tea, since it will provide the aroma of peppermint and we will also benefit from some of its properties.
Peppermint is a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years. Its characteristics include its antispasmodic, antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, anti-inflammatory and stimulant capacity.
Therefore, one of the main uses of peppermint tea is to correct different problems related to intestinal health or gas. Likewise, it also helps reduce pain or dizziness.
In addition, peppermint is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium or phosphorus. Its antioxidant and stimulating properties for the immune system also make it a plant with great health benefits.
Thus, drinking peppermint tea regularly could generate all these positive effects on the body:
- Relieves intestinal gas.
- Helps reduce fever.
- Fight the headache.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- It is highly beneficial for digestion and reduces heartburn.
Thanks to its high vitamin C content, peppermint tea has traditionally been used as a home remedy to reduce symptoms of the common cold.