The Benefits of Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is sold in most UK shops, found among some herbal teas with the package no doubt promoting how healthy it is. But what exactly are the benefits of peppermint tea, and is it more than just a pleasant-tasting cup? We’re going to look at this now:
Good For Digestion
Peppermint tea is well-known for being good for digestion. It is thought to relieve bloating, gas, and indigestion. In addition to its minty taste, this tea works to sooth the gut muscles that contract when you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t. In fact, a study of more than 900 people showed that those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome find that their symptoms are significantly better if they’ve drunk peppermint tea for two weeks.
Helps to Relieve Migraines and Headaches
Peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant and it is thought that it could help to relieve migraines and headaches. A studied that involved 35 people showed that when peppermint oil was applied to their forehead their pain reduced after a few hours.
While there is no proof that peppermint tea will get rid of your headache or migraine it can help to relieve the tension and some of the pain you’ll feel. Sip a cup or two of peppermint tea and start to feel a little better.
Good for your Sinuses
There’s nothing worse than having clogged up sinuses, but did you know that a cup or two of peppermint tea could actually help? Peppermint is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. What this means is that your innocent-looking cup of peppermint tea may actually help to fight clogged up sinuses that have been caused by a cold, allergies, and an infection.
What’s more is steam can also help to unclog your nasal cavity making breathing just that little bit easier. So make your cup of peppermint tea a hot one and breath in some of that steam.
Improving your Sleep
Whether you enjoy some peppermint tea in one of your favourite wooden tea cups or you prefer to drink out of a mug, you may want to think about drinking a cup of peppermint tea before you go to bed. Completely caffeine-free and a natural muscle relaxant peppermint tea may help you relax a little more before you go to sleep.
Enjoy a cup an hour before you go to bed and start to feel yourself relax a little. Get used to drinking peppermint tea before bedtime and wake up in the morning feeling much brighter and a little more rested.
Could Improve your Concentration
A study which involved around 25 young adults showed that they performed better on tests when they had taken peppermint oil capsules. While it is not fully understood as to why peppermint can help concentration we know that it does. it’s also thought that peppermint can also improve alertness and memory, making it ideal for those who are able to take exams or simply need to concentrate.
May Help with Weight Loss
Peppermint tea is completely calorie-free and is ideal if you are trying to lose weight, especially as it can taste quite sweet. Peppermint is thought to reduce the appetite although no substantially, however, if you are planning to drink peppermint tea in place of a sugar-filled drink you are likely to lose weight.
Peppermint tea not only tastes good, but it can help to relieve headaches and migraines and it’s good for your digestion too. Think about drinking some peppermint tea before you go to bed, and have a cup if you need to boost your concentration. Lastly, if you would like to lose a bit of weight why not swap a sugary drink for a cup of peppermint tea?