Mint tea is a great alternative to caffeinated or other herbal teas. I often find some herbal teas have a bitter taste that I don’t really enjoy. Mint tea has a lovely delicate flavour and makes your whole home or office smell wonderful.
Most restaurants and coffee shops also list fresh mint tea on their menus so it is such an easy alternative.
I suggest mint tea for clients struggling with IBS, with tummy cramps and bloating in particular. Studies have shown that mint has a relaxant effect on the gastrointestinal system and that it has an aneasthetic type effect – so drinking mint tea can definitely help reduce symptoms of IBS.
Mint also contains menthol which has a decongestant effect – it can help break up phlegm and mucus, so it can be helpful to help recover from a cold. Mint especially when used as a tea can also help relieve sore throats.
I would not suggest mint tea for people struggling with reflux or heart burn – because of it’s relaxing effect on the gastrointestinal tissue it could make your symptoms worse.
How to make at home:
Place a handful of well-rinsed fresh mint leave in a tea pot or large mug.
Add boiling water
Allow it to infuse for a minute or 2.