Mint (Mentha) is a popular herb and a well-known mouth freshener that has been used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties.
It has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties which also include peppermint and spearmint.
Mint tea is a delightful and refreshing way to stay healthy and can help you boost your immune system, improve digestion and reduce aches and pains. Native to Europe, peppermint tea and essential oils are readily available and the invigorating menthol flavor makes this tea one of the most popular.
Peppermint tea can be purchased at your local grocery store, from tea masters or you can grow it yourself in the garden. If you choose to grow fresh peppermint leaves, keep in mind that this plant thrives best in shady areas. That's great because it means you can grow peppermint indoors and outdoors, year round.
Fresh peppermint leaves should be harvested in the morning when the leaves are still dewy for maximum health benefits. Hang the leaves until they dry completely and then store in an airtight jar until brewing.
Peppermint oil has long been used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and regular consumption of peppermint tea can have a long list of health benefits. With an enticing aroma and flavor, it's no wonder this tea is exalted as one of the most beneficial to overall health.