November 19, 2018, 11:46 | Medicine
Herbal teas or infusions have been used for centuries as natural remedies for a wide range of ailments.
Of all the herbal teas in the world, mint tea is one of the most widely used and the most respected.
Not only is it a delicious and soothing drink, peppermint tea offers many health benefits, especially for those who suffer from headaches, sinusitis or stomach problems. Mint has been used for centuries and is commonly recommended in alternative medicine to treat various ailments and as a tonic for the body and mind. Learn about the peculiarities of using peppermint tea, informs UkrMedia.
Mint and headache
< p>Painkillers are not always necessary for a headache. The next time you have a severe headache, try brewing fresh or dry mint, and don't rush to take pills. After a few sips, you may just find that your pain is reduced without any side effects from unnecessary medication!
Peppermint tea is often effective for headaches caused by stress or poor diet. Such a headache usually constricts the blood vessels in the brain, causing severe pain. Analgesics stop such pain by relaxing the blood vessels in the brain. Peppermint tea works in the same way – by dilating cerebral blood vessels, which brings relief.
Interestingly, even the aroma of peppermint tea (or peppermint essential oil) can relieve headaches as well as colds.
Mint and Sinusitis
Menthol is a natural chemical that gives mint its refreshing, icy taste and aroma. Menthol also plays an important role – the fight against sinus inflammation.
It is known that peppermint soothes the inflamed mucous membranes of the nasal sinuses and throat (it unblocks the sinuses and provides comfortable breathing) and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent (thinning phlegm). In addition, inhaling peppermint vapor can relieve many respiratory problems. This means that if you have a sinus infection (sinusitis) or suffer from cold or seasonal allergies, a cup or two of hot peppermint tea can go a long way in relieving your condition.
Crushes and stomach disorders
Peppermint tea is sometimes called a 'stomach savior' because it soothes many stomach ailments, including stomach aches, stomach cramps, heartburn, flatulence, indigestion and diarrhea, and promotes healthy digestion. It is especially effective to drink tea after a meal, before going to bed (especially if you had a late dinner and heartburn often occurs).
It is interesting that peppermint is effective for irritable bowel syndrome. Many doctors believe that regular consumption of mint tea will significantly alleviate symptoms.
Mint and brain work
It seems that mint isn't just good for your taste buds and body – it's also good for your brain. Peppermint tea improves brain function, making you more alert and improving memory. Its effect on alertness has been proven to help drivers operate more safely. Many people believe that peppermint tea is useful when studying, because it increases attentiveness. And also another property – peppermint tea is a natural stress reducer.
Mint tea and its other useful properties< /strong>
- has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties (an effective skin cleanser and a great helper to fight bacterial infections for topical application);
- acts as an analgesic (helps relieve pain of many types);
- relieves colic in children;
- helps burn fat in digestion;
- improves bile production and destroys "gallstones" (kidney stones and gall bladder stones are formed from bile);
- reduces bad breath;
- strengthens the immune system;
- combats wobble and nausea under travel time.
< li>effective for the treatment of some skin disorders (such as psoriasis and certain skin rashes) and arthritis when applied topically;
How to prepare mint
Mint tea can be easily cook at home Take a tablespoon of chopped fresh or dry mint leaves for one cup of the drink.
Pour boiling water over it and let it steep for a few minutes, you can even boil the mint if you want a more concentrated drink.
You can add honey to taste. Mint can be combined with lavender – a powerful mixture to fight stress, or with ginger – a great tool to improve digestion. If you combine mint with fennel, you will get a wonderful detox drink.
Side effects of mint
- Avoid peppermint tea in the following situations:
- You suffer from acid reflux.
- You are pregnant – it is suspected that the relaxing effects of peppermint; peppermint in some cases increases the threat of abortion.
- You are taking medication – you need a doctor's consultation to find out whether peppermint affects the effect of these drugs.
These side effects are quite rare. Peppermint tea is generally considered a very safe, effective, natural remedy. If you have more questions about the side effects or health benefits of peppermint tea, talk to your doctor.