Health & Lifestyle

Auras Herbery: Mint Tea

peppermint-teaHerbal teas have long been used as a natural means of dealing with health conditions and make an excellent alternative to caffeinated teas and coffee.

Peppermint tea is one of the most popular due to its array of health benefits and is very affordable.

Peppermint tea can help aid digestion and many people like to drink it after they’ve eaten to help their bowl flow, it is also often used as a natural remedy for irritable bowl syndrome. It also contains antispasmodic qualities that help relive nausea, fever and coughing. Breathing in the minty aroma can also help clear blocked sinuses and ease your breathing. It’s also a great stress reliever and can make you feel more relaxed yet invigorated at the same time.

There are however, some precautions you should take when adding mint tea to your diet. Those with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, are often warned to be wary as it relaxes the muscles in the stomach, this can lead to increased acid flow and worsen the symptoms. There are also warnings given to pregnant women as some that believe mint tea can cause the uterus to relax and induce miscarriages. Though this is highly debated, as a precaution, it is best not to drink mint tea while pregnant or breast feeding. It is also useful to check whether mint tea will react with any medications you are taking and those who have menthol allergies should avoid it completely.

All of that aside, like with anything, if taken responsibly and in sensible quantities, mint tea can be highly beneficial to a healthy lifestyle regimen and a must have for your herbal cupboard. Here is how to prepare yourself some.

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This recipe will Serve 4 – Ingredients 

1 litre water

50g fresh mint leaves

Optional- sugar or soft honey

Method

1 – Heat the water either in a pot or kettle until it has come to boil.

2 – Pour the hot water into a tea-pot and make sure to fully submerge the leaves.

3 – Leave the leaves to simmer for five minutes.

4 – Pour into your fancy little teacups and enjoy! Feel free to add sugar or soft honey for sweetness.

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