The Benefits of Peppermint Herbal Infusions
Whether we’re looking for a warming morning pick-me-up, a soothing post-meal ‘digestive’, or a fragrant way to end the day, Australians are increasingly turning to feel-good, caffeine-free organic herbal infusions. One of the most popular of these, and one the world has embraced for centuries, is peppermint herbal tea. Here, dive into the timeless appeal of peppermint tea.
What is Peppermint?
A beautiful, bright-green herb, peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is actually a hybrid of two species, watermint and spearmint (the latter is also known as ‘common’ or ‘garden’ mint). It’s one of the most revered and ancient herbs and has popped up throughout history from the Greeks to the Romans, who believed in its medicinal powers. Throughout history, peppermint has been used for everything from digestion to nausea and muscle cramps. Its chemical make-up offers some insight into why peppermint has such a venerable place in traditional medicine. It contains the chemical compound menthol, which has antiseptic qualities, as well as menthone, which gives peppermint its clean, ‘minty’ scent and is used in everything from toothpaste and food flavourings to perfume. Peppermint essential oil also contains high levels of natural pesticides, making it beloved of organic gardeners, and has long been used as a natural repellent against insects, such as mosquitoes, spiders and even pesky rodents.
What are the benefits of Peppermint?
As a natural remedy, peppermint – particularly the concentrated peppermint oil – is believed to have a number of properties for vitality, including:
- Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties
Peppermint contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Having the right balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria in our digestive system reduces bloating and discomfort after eating, and supports overall gut health. This study from the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology examines peppermint oil’s efficacy in helping to reduce the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
- Naturally refreshing
Peppermint’s antibacterial compounds can also help keep the balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria in check in the mouth and throat. Bad bacteria in the mouth, which is the very start of our digestive tract, can cause bad breath, also known as halitosis. Peppermint tea has a refreshing flavour that can cleanse the palate after eating or in between meals.
- Feel-good food
While a steaming cup of aromatic, organic herbal peppermint tea is a soothing balm in itself, peppermint’s natural antibacterial properties can benefit not just the digestive system but all internal systems, including the respiratory system. Combining peppermint with ginger, which contains antioxidants, as in Nerada’s Peppermint & Ginger organic infusion, is a feel-good brew for when you need a natural pick-me-up.
- Naturally caffeine free for better sleep
Peppermint is naturally caffeine-free, so it is a perfect drink to sip as part of a calming evening routine. Infuse in hot water during the colder months, and in summer, infuse and chill or serve over ice for a caffeine-free cooler.
- Cool off with every cup
Apart from being a delicious way to keep fluids up while you’re at home, work or studying, peppermint tea could be part of a daily stress-reducing routine. Of course, taking the time out in a busy day to make yourself a cup of tea is an act of self-care in itself, however the naturally occurring menthol compounds present in peppermint cause a sensation of coolness, which can have a soothing effect.
Why choose Nerada organic peppermint herbal infusions?
Nerada has long been committed to sourcing top-quality, 100% organic ingredients for its Peppermint and Peppermint & Ginger Organic Herbal Infusions, along with its entire range of sustainably produced organic herbal and green teas. That means Nerada products are grown without use of pesticides, fungicides or artificial chemical fertilisers, making your choices even healthier – for you and our planet.
How to enjoy Nerada’s peppermint infusions
- Simply add boiling water to our Peppermint and Peppermint & Ginger, infusions for a soothing, sustaining drink to enjoy any time of day or night. Don’t add milk, but if you want to sweeten the deal, stir through a teaspoon of honey.
- Of course, peppermint infusions are also delicious served chilled over ice as a refreshing thirst-quencher. Just add a sprig of fresh mint and perhaps a slice of cucumber or lemon as a garnish.
- This richly aromatic winter lamb recipe by American food writer Joanna Pruess – Moroccan lamb stew with mint tea and apricots – combines that classic pairing of mint and lamb, with the added kick of spices and ginger.
Disclaimer – Please note that while all information given in regards to the health benefits of herbal tea and infusions is backed by scientific study, we recommend consulting with a medical practitioner if you have any specific questions.