Peppermint is cool and spicy. When work is tense, people are prone to irritability, insomnia and other symptoms. At this time, drinking mint leaf tea can promote metabolism, relieve stress, clear heat and fatigue, improve appetite, and help digestion.
Now let’s learn about the efficacy and function of mint tea!
- Peppermint leaves can resist bacteria and diminish inflammation. Mint leaf mashing is applied to local skin and has the effects of cooling, relieving itching, diminishing inflammation and relieving pain. The eight catechin acids contained in mint leaves are effective anti-inflammatory agents.
- Mint leaf alcohol can stimulate skin nerve endings receptors, produce a cool feeling, and then have a slight burning feeling, slowly penetrate the skin, causing long-term hyperemia, and achieve therapeutic effect. Peppermint leaves can increase the secretion of respiratory mucus. The mucus attached to the mucosa is removed, which can reduce foam sputum and increase the effective ventilation volume of the respiratory tract.
- Peppermint leaf oil has the effect of strengthening stomach and treating experimental gastric ulcer. It has strong cholagogic effect and liver protection effect. However, mint leaf is cooler, so people who cough with lung deficiency and sweat with yin deficiency should drink mint leaf tea as little as possible.
- Making tea with mint leaves can strengthen physical strength and calm down, help digestion, and prevent bad breath when mixed with various herbal teas.
What kind of people are not suitable to drink mint tea
People who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or stomach ulcers should not drink mint tea as it can worsen their condition. People with gallstones should also avoid mint tea as it can cause the gallstones to move or become painful. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also speak to their doctor before drinking mint tea.
How to make mint tea?
To make mint tea, start by bringing 1 cup of freshly boiled water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves or 2 teaspoons of fresh mint leaves and steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea and add a few drops of lemon or honey to taste.