Peppermint tea/Pudina Chai is made from the dried leaves of peppermint/mint plant. Peppermint belongs to the mint family and is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It is a drink which is not only consumed to enjoy its taste but also it envelopes numerous health benefits.
Peppermint, known for its diuretic, anti-angiogenic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties, is a common healing ingredient in all healing modalities like traditional medicines as well as the allopathic medicinal stream.
A serving of 300 gms of peppermint tea contains 3 calories, 0.4% calcium, 1.4% iron and 1% potassium. It contains zero percent of fats and cholesterol.
Possible health benefits of peppermint tea…
1/8. Soothes upset stomach
1. Menthol’s cooling effects aids in soothing an upset stomach. It enhances circulation and ameliorates inflammations causing stomach pains.
2. The menthol in peppermint enhances gastric juice secretion which breaks down the food and fastens digestion.
3. Peppermint tea decreases inflammation-causing bloating by decreasing the feeling of being full.
2/8. Promotes digestion
1. Menthol, the active oil in peppermint regulates smooth digestion.
2. Menthol enhances the bile in the stomach thereby, digesting foods more efficiently and decreasing diarrhea and constipation.
3. It is effective in dealing with irritable bowel syndrome.
3/8. Treats bad breath
1. Menthol content of peppermint fights halitosis that causes bad breath.
2. The antibacterial properties of peppermint kill the bacteria and germs causing bad breath. It prevents plaque and gum disease.
4/8. Fights against common cold and flu
1. Peppermint tea/pudina chai relaxes the throat muscles; fights common cold, irritating cough and helps build immunity.
2. The antioxidants in peppermint tea help the body fight against viruses and bacteria.
3. The antibacterial property of peppermint tea aids in fighting against harmful bacteria.
5/8. Reduces fever
1. Menthol content of peppermint tea reduces fever, by inducing sweating.
2. Menthol being a natural muscle relaxant reduces the pains and aches accompanying high fevers.
6/8. Reduces stress
1. Menthol content of peppermint is a muscle relaxant and is also antispasmodic, which helps relax amidst the stress.
2. Peppermint tea possesses natural sedative qualities that de-stresses you after a tiring day.
3. It is effective in de-stressing, decreasing anxiety, frustration, and fatigue.
7/8. Reduces nasal congestion and allergies
1. Rosmarinic acid content of Peppermint helps fight allergy symptoms like a runny and stuffy nose.
2. The menthol content of peppermint aids loosening mucus from the lungs, ensuring smooth breathing.
3. The antibacterial properties of peppermint help reduce certain types of upper respiratory infections.
8/8. Other possible health benefits…
Peppermint tea is further beneficial in preventing nausea, promoting healthy skin and hair, reducing tension headaches and migraines, lessening menstrual cramps, improving sleep, reducing weight, improving concentration, gingivitis, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness, headaches, insomnia and it may also increase flow of bile from the gallbladder.
Peppermint tea is naturally caffeine free and a ‘weight watchers’ zero calorie health tea.
How to Make Peppermint Tea?
Take 2 cups of water in a pot.
Boil the water and then turn off the heat.
Take four or five peppermint leaves and add these leaves into the water.
Cover the pot and let the leaves remain there for approximately 5 minutes.
Now, strain the tea into a mug. Serve it hot.