By Dennis J Choruma
Mint or Mentha belongs to the Lamiaceae family and includes peppermint and spearmint. Mint is a popular herb that can be used fresh or dried in many dishes and teas. A few of the health benefits of mint include
- soothing an upset stomach or indigestion – mint tea is known for relieving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and flatulence (gas)
- soothing common cold symptoms – menthol in mint may help “loosen and bring up mucus from the lungs and help you breathe more easily when you have a cold
- may help in relieving menstrual cramps – because mint acts as a muscle relaxant, it may alleviate menstrual cramps.
- helping sleep better – mint is a muscle relaxant and may provide relaxation before bedtime.
- may help in weight loss – mint tea is a calorie-free beverage that may help satisfy your sweet tooth and reduce your appetite.
Mint tea is a delicious, naturally sweet, caffeine-free beverage that has many health benefits. Here is our mint tea recipe, enjoy!
A handful of fresh mint leaves
- Take a few leaves of the mint in one hand and bruise the leaves slightly by rubbing them together in the palms of your hands, then drop the leaves into a teapot. Bruising the leaves will help release the flavour from the leaves quickly.
- Fill up the pot with boiling water and let it infuse for 2-3 mins or until the liquid starts to take on a slight pale yellow/green colour. Strain the tea into cups. You can add honey to sweeten. If you like, you can drop one or two mint leaves into the cups to decorate.
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