Choosing our Peppermint Leaves is keeping things simple, but incredibly tasty. After all, everyone knows and loves the taste of peppermint whether you add it to your cooking, use it in your toothpaste, or brew it in your tea. We optted for the latter, and with good reason.
As you would expect, this delicious tea boasts prominent herbaceous flavours. It also offers the potential to strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, and to help lose pounds.
About the Peppermint Plant
The peppermint plant, botanically known as Mentha piperita of the Lamiaceae family is actually a naturally occurring hybrid of the water mint (Mentha aquatica) and the spearmint (Mentha spicata) plants. It is recognised as an aromatic, rhizomatous, perennial plant that can grow to heights of 30 to 90 centimetres (12 to 35 inches).
The peppermint plant is easily recognised by its light purple flowers and green leaves with serrated edges. It is these leaves which exude the beautiful and largely-well-known peppermint scent.
Originally native to Europe and the middle-east, peppermint can now be found growing across the world. It is an especially versatile plant and is able to thrive in many different climates. In countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), peppermint has been considered an ‘invasive’ plant ever since it escaped cultivation many decades ago.
That being said, most of these countries have come to terms with this invasiveness owing to the plant’s sheer popularity.
History of Peppermint
A history of sorts, the Ancient Greeks once believed that the peppermint plant had mythological origins. According to this tale (a tale, we hasten to add, of many variations), peppermint owes these origins to Persephone, wife of the underworld God, Hades.
While travelling on his golden chariot near the Cocytus River, Hades had come across the nymph, Minthe, and had fallen for her. He then proceeded to seduce her, but when Persephone heard of his deception, she grew enraged and in her jealousy, turned Minthe into a plant for people to walk upon.
Saddened by his wife’s interference, Hades imbued the plant with peppermint so that whenever the plant was crushed underfoot, it would release a wonderful aroma. Today, this is seen as just a story, but nonetheless, peppermint is just as important now as it ever was, if not more so.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Herbal Tea
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider adding lemon to this brew, although we prefer it served without any accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: This tea is everything you’d expect from your favourite herbal brew. Expect strong minty flavours from the very first sip followed by a delightfully refreshing aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Golden-yellow liquor, light in tone.
Peppermint Leaves Benefits
The obvious health benefit to drinking this tea would be the improvement of oral health, although it can also offer so much more. Aside from making your breath minty fresh for that hot date, consider brewing up Peppermint Leaves for weight loss capabilities.
In a 2002 study, participants were split into two groups before taking part in a number of everyday exercise routines.
The first group was given Peppermint Tea to consume, while the second group went without. The results established that the first group was able to run faster, do more pushups and showed greater grip strength compared to the second group.
Although researchers concluded that this effect may have been partly psychological, it also established one of the Benefits of Peppermint Tea
was the ability to increase motivation prior to exercise. Further to this, the menthol aroma of Peppermint Tea has been proven to eliminate appetite. This, in turn, can lead to reduced overeating, which may ultimately reduce overall fat intake.