Zentraveler on Peppermint Tea!

Wild Peppermint

When I was a kid growing up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania my father would reach down and give me a piece of peppermint leaf to chew. He would tease me and tell me by eating the leaves it was just the same as chewing PEPPERMINT gum. My grandmother would come for a visit from Ligonier, Pennsylvania and go along our gully and pick some wild peppermint leaves and make a delicious tea with local red clover bees honey!

Now here I am living in Bantayan Island in the Philippines and the land we just bought is literally covered with wild peppermint. I recently transplanted 6 peppermint stocks to our garden in Santa Fe and just brewed my first cup of peppermint tea while I am writing …it is now steeping for 20 minutes and I will let you know how it turns out. Very good! …must of did something right it reminds me of my grandmothers peppermint tea. You can also make a cup of delicious Peppermint Iced Tea served with a peppermint leaf on the rim of the glass for flavor and color.

You can either select fresh leaves and boil them in hot water or pick the leaves and tear them and let them dry in the sun. Use about two or three teaspoons of the leaves and place in boiling water. For best results leave steep for twenty minutes and then add your favorite honey as a sweetener if desired. A very good morning or evening drink and can be mixed with green tea, or black tea for a different taste.

Garden Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint tea benefits are widely-acknowledged the world over.

An herb prized for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavor, peppermint (Mentha piperata) is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint (M. spicata) and water mint (M. aquatica). Unlike other mints, however, peppermint contains in its healing volatile oil the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, as well as menthone, menthyl acetate and some 40 other compounds.

Dried peppermint leaves are used to make a minty, refreshing tea that is highly satisfying both hot and cold. A native of the Mediterranean, peppermint leaves were often used to crown luminaries in ancient Greece and Rome. It continues to be revered for its refreshingly light aroma, as well as its natural, caffeine-free taste.

As well having superior flavor, peppermint tea possesses the following health benefits:

Peppermint tea treats irritable bowel syndrome

Peppermint tea eases nausea and vomiting

Peppermint tea controls flatulence and diverticular disorders

Peppermint tea improves digestion and reduce heartburn

Peppermint tea dissolves gallstones

Peppermint tea reduces the severity of herpes outbreaks

Peppermint tea fights bad breath

Peppermint tea controls muscle aches and chronic pain

Peppermint tea clears congestion and cough related to colds and allergies

Peppermint tea controls mild asthma

Peppermint tea fights stress

So there you have it! Why not incorporate peppermint tea into your daily regimen and add a bit of refreshing zest to your life.

QUOTE: “Medicine and disease cure each other. The entire earth is medicine.” -Essential Zen

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Peppermint is an herb that was first cultivated in England in 1750 as a hybrid between water mint and spearmint. The origins of tea are a topic of legend and mythology. The first evidence of the use of tea are tea containers found in tombs dating from the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), but tea history surely extends much further back in time.

There are several stories about how tea was discovered. One of the most famous concerns the Chinese emperor Shen Nong who lived about 5,000 years ago. Shen Nong was an herbalist who identified hundreds of medicinal and poisonous herbs by personally tasting them. According to tea history, Shen Nong, while traveling with his entourage, stopped for a rest. While boiling some drinking water, leaves from burning tea twigs blew upwards and landed in the water. Shen Nong insisted on trying the liquid and found it to be tasty and refreshing. The year was 2737 BC.

Is Tea from India?
Another legend in tea history places the discovery of tea in India in the 6th century AD. Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who believed that extended periods of sleeplessness were necessary for meditation. He chewed tea leaves to keep himself awake and brought the practice with him when he traveled to China.-Tea Genius

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Peppermint tea plants! They make a great addition to a herb garden and what a great gift to give to someone.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Drink Peppermint Tea as a daily tonic!

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2 responses to “Zentraveler on Peppermint Tea!

  1. romely alceso

    this is really great!!! i learn a lot from that plant peppermint plan…which really helpful..to our healthy leaving..thank you so much Zentraveler….thank for share your knowledge to us

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