Scientifically, peppermint is known as Mentha piperita. Peppermint is actually a cross between spearmint and water mint.
This plant is originally native to Europe. However, due to its wide popularity and variety of uses, it is now known worldwide and is a very popular herb used for many purposes.
Peppermint tea is the most common form in which it is used around the world. Peppermint oil is a very useful for medicinal purposes and treating ailments, especially for the Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Benefits of Peppermint Tea
The peppermint tea has menthol as its main component. This means that on one side drinking the tea causes external sweating, while the menthol present in it helps to cool down the body from inside.
This can help provide relief from a fever, and can also reduce the associated symptoms such as inflammation and discomfort.
Peppermint oil and peppermint tea both are very effective for the treatment of a variety of digestive and gastrointestinal problems.
Peppermint tea has the properties of a carminative, which means that it can help to remove gas from the body and preventing it from accumulating.
This helps prevent problems such as cramping, bloating, and stomach discomfort. This tea is also efficient in stimulating the bile flow so as to increase the rate as well as the efficiency of digestion and also help in healthy bowel movements.
Peppermint is also an analgesic. Hence, it helps to reduce the pain of cramps, indigestion and bloating. It has a calming effect on the intestines and on the muscles of the digestive tract.
Problems like diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation can be eased with peppermint tea.
Peppermint tea has antispasmodic properties, so it can help reduce the incidences of vomiting and nausea, even if it is caused due to motion sickness on a boat or plane.
Peppermint tea also helps in dealing with the stomach aches and queasiness that accompany motion sickness. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to restore the normal conditions in the stomach.
Being an antispasmodic, peppermint tea can help relax the muscles of the throat and chest and hence help in easing the symptoms of cold and flu.
Peppermint tea has been known to have strong antibacterial properties as well. So, drinking it can help provide protection from many illnesses, such as fevers, coughs, and colds.
Regular consumption of the peppermint tea can help strengthen the immune system as well. Peppermint tea contains some trace elements of vitamin B, calcium, potassium and antioxidants.
These can help your body to fight diseases. Peppermint has a strong and mentholated flavour which can be very handy for a bad breath. The antibacterial properties help to kill the germs that can cause halitosis and the menthol can help to cover the foul odour.
Peppermint oil has the kind of aroma that can kill appetite. This can in turn prevent overeating and hence reduce obesity. Menthol is a natural sedative and antispasmodic.
Hence, it is great for dealing with mental stress. Its anti-inflammatory nature is also useful in reducing blood pressure as well as body temperature.