We've all heard of the benefits of thé menthe (mint tea). It is one of the most popular natural remedies to cure just about anything in a Haitian household. But did you know that it was used in Biblical times to relieve indigestion? Thé Menthe is probably the oldest remedy there is and it has many benefits so let's explore them.
Peppermint provides the body with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, phosphorous, calcium, and more.
The key active ingredient in peppermint is menthol. You can find menthol used to flavor toothpaste, chewing gum, and many other products.
Menthol calms the stomach muscles and intestinal tract. This is what makes peppermint (tea and other forms) such a powerful remedy for indigestion and intestinal cramping.
The essential oils found in peppermint helps to stimulate the secretion of bile, which is used to break down fats and foods. This is the reason many restaurants provide their patrons with after-meal mints.
PREPARING MINT TEA
When you’re looking for quick and easy relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), brewing peppermint tea is the way to go.
You can simply boil some water and add tealeaves (dried) or a peppermint tea bag. If using dried tealeaves, be sure NOT to boil the leaves with the water, as this will destroy the active ingredients.
The following steps are for those who wish to brew their tea from fresh leaves:
Pour one cup of boiling hot water over a tablespoon of peppermint leaves (dried)
Steep it for about 10 to 15 minutes
Strain, sweeten, and enjoy.
It’s generally recommended to have one cup per day for the best medicinal benefit. You don’t want to overdo it with peppermint as this can upset your stomach.
The nice thing about peppermint tea is that it is caffeine-free. Many people add either honey or a little sugar; however, peppermint tea is quite delicious without any sweetener.
Photo Credit: patrick_george