Mint tea: properties and preparation
Unmistakable flavor, a bright color and an intoxicating aroma. Mint tea is one of the most popular teas available on the market, but very few know about the properties of mint and the best way to prepare this tea.
Even if it is a very well-known type of tea, perhaps not everyone knows that the history of mint is older than you think: there are Greek myths that already in ancient times were talking about this little plant. Actually, Minta was a beautiful nymph, that Hades, the god of the Underworld, fell in love with. But his wife Persephone found out and, consumed by jealousy, in vengeance transformed the girl into a plant. According to some versions, however, Demetra, the sister of Zeus and goddess of agriculture, condemned her never to bear fruits.
The properties of mint tea
Perhaps thanks to its many beneficial properties, mint has had so many myths dedicated to it. What better occasion to tell you about its benefits and also what is the best way to prepare a good mint tea?
From its ability to aid digestion, to its precious ability to help combat headaches and nausea, mint tea is a precious ally in protecting our health.
One plant, one thousand elements
Mint belongs to the family of the Labiatae (genus Mentha) and there are many different species.
It is mainly made up of: water, fiber, proteins, many minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, sodium), vitamins (of the groups A, B, C and D), and amino-acids.
Tummy ache, farewell!
In the case of indigestion or bloating, drinking mint tea is an excellent idea.
This plant has recognized carminative properties, or in other words, it removes the air that has accumulated in the stomach and intestine (aerophagia) and soothes the pains (colic).
Furthermore, it is also an excellent antiseptic and germicide, since it always acts particularly well on a gastrointestinal level.
This important antiseptic and antiviral action is due to the polyphenols contained in the mint.
The sedative nature of menthol makes mint tea highly effective in relieving mental stress. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory nature can reduce blood pressure and body temperature, thus aiding relaxation. This is one of the reasons why peppermint oil is so popular in aromatherapy and why this type of tea is recommended in questi casi, given that it has very similar effects.
It fights respiratory infections …
Mint has a refreshing, decongestant action and fluidizes the secretions produced by our respiratory system, helping us to clear it and eliminate excessive mucous.
In fact, in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, it is used against colds, fevers and coughs.
Mint is rich in ascorbic acid, a compound which helps eliminate catarrh in the case of colds.
At the same time, the menthol acts like a powerful decongestant for our airways and helps us to regulate our body temperature effectively if we have a fever.
The thymol, present in mint leaves, is very useful for calming coughing attacks because it is a natural cough medicine.
Mint tea is a good vasodilator which will help you to combat headaches caused by pressure and tiredness.
Furthermore, if you suffer from travel sickness, we recommend that you take a thermos of mint tea with you: this drink is actually antispasmodic, so it reduces the possibility of vomiting and nausea, even in cases of motion sickness (seasickness or air sickness).
A “sweet” recipe for mint tea with a hint of chocolate
Mint tea is a delicious and healthy drink, if it is prepared well.
Hot for fighting the cold and seasonal ailments, or cold to help us handle the summer heat.
Therefore, we are giving you some handy hints for the best way to prepare it!
After heating the water to around 90° to 95° C., put in one sachet for every person drinking.
The pyramid shape of the sachet allows the product to remain whole and intact, allowing the leaves to expand, offering a more intense and comforting experience.
Thanks to the 3-dimensional shape, in fact the black tea leaves, mint leaves and flavor of the chocolate will have the necessary space to rehydrate and enrich the infusion with their excellent quality and fine aromas!