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Getting to know: Peppermint

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

Peppermint tea is a refreshing beverage that has been used medicinally for centuries and is commonly recommended by alternative healers, herbalists, and others as a treatment for various ailments and as a general health tonic with diverse benefits for the body and mind.

Peppermint is actually a cross between watermint and spearmint and contains magnesium, zinc, calcium, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C.

Peppermint tea is often effective in relieving headaches that are caused by stress or poor diet. These headaches typically restrict blood vessels in the brain, causing intense pain. Peppermint tea stops the headache pain in the same way as a pain killer by opening the brain's constricted blood vessels.

Peppermint tea has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties making it effective as a skin cleanser agent and a great helper for fighting bacterial infections and other skin disorders e.g. psoriasis and rashes when applied topically.

Peppermint tea has been shown to improve brain function by improving your memory and making you more mentally alert. It also assists in reducing bad breath, strengthens the immune system and helps to alleviate travel or motion sickness.  

Peppermint tea is sometimes referred to as "the stomach healer" because it is known to soothe many stomach ailments, including stomach aches pains, cramps, heartburn, indigestion and diarrhoea, and to promote healthy digestion. It is especially effective if drunk after a meal, before bed (especially if you had a late dinner or often experience heartburn).

Peppermint tea is a beverage that does not generally have any side effects, however if you are taking medications and/or prescribed supplements or are pregnant or suffer from Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), consult you health care practitioner before consuming.



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