It’s Friday again – it’s tea time and time to take time out for our tea-way ritual. This week the focus is on Mint, Peppermint or “Moroccan Mint”, a herbal tea that de-stresses us due to its long tradition and heritage of daily chilling: amazing for your tea-time contemplation on the awesome-ness of cultural connectedness of nature.
This mint tea is famous in Morocco where it is consumed as part of the country’s tea culture. The tea is made using nana mint leaves and is often the first beverage offered to guests and tourists. It offers a delightfully refreshing flavor with a fresh, tingling finish. The traditional brewing method of mint tea was also developed to showcase artistry and add dimension to the tea drinking experience.
Characteristics and Qualities
Peppermint tea is popular around the world. Its health benefits rival those of green tea and its flavor is refreshing and crisp. The peppermint plant is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint. It’s often found in the wild and is extremely hardy so it can be grown in many home gardens.
Peppermint contains high levels of menthol that give it its characteristic cool, refreshing flavor. It’s often used in toothpastes, candies, and ice cream thanks to its pleasantly intoxicating nature. Mint also blends well with various flavors, making it a great tea base that can be spiced up by adding new ingredients.
Peppermint tea is renowned for its ability to aid the digestive system. It’s widely used to alleviate stomach problems such as nausea, gas, and cramps. Peppermint tea has antispasmodic effects that help to relax stomach muscles that can overreact and cause cramping and bloating.
Studies have shown that peppermint tea has anti-parasitic properties that can fight off infections such as giardia that create digestive problems. Peppermint tea also contains antioxidants that increase bile production. This helps the digestive organs to more readily break down and process food. Peppermint tea is best consumed during or after a meal to reap these health benefits.
Peppermint tea can also help to improve mood and improve memory. It increases alertness and jump-starts your day without the negative side effects of caffeine. Research has shown that peppermint increases accuracy of memory recall. The brain protecting powers of peppermint tea may inhibit the development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Its no wonder peppermint tea is a staple in many households [and for many writers!].
As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like Peppermint, Moroccan Mint, tea for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.
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