Peppermint Therapeutic Tea
Many people plant peppermint in their gardens simply to enjoy its spicy fragrance on hot summer days. If you plan to grow peppermint for other reasons, be sure to choose the variety with the greatest medicinal effect (there are more than 20 species of the herb). True peppermint, Mentha piperita, has the highest number of active agents, including the essential oil menthol, which gives the herb its healing powers.
made from the jagged green leaves of true peppermint are highly prized for their ability to help prevent convulsions and flatulence. Peppermint tea is also a useful remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms of headaches (including migraines) and stimulate liver and gallbladder functions. The fresh, spicy aroma of peppermint tea can also counteract motion sickness, and sipping a cup of the tea helps to freshen breath.
Preparation Of The Tea
Pour 7 cup of boiling water over 7 tbsp. of dried peppermint leaves picked from your garden, or use a commercially available peppermint tea bag. Steep for Wmin. If desired, sweeten with honey, brown sugar or maple syrup. Drink a cup of the tea in small sips after meals, up to 3 cups per day.