Mint tea is a great summertime (or anytime) tea.
Mixing fresh, organic tea leaves with hot water allows the natural oils in the mint leaves to release. The consistency is soothing and silky, and the taste is so refreshing. For an even mintier experience, or a “double mint” tea, use a mixture of mint with peppermint leaves.
In addition to the deliciousness, the health benefits of drinking tea made from mint leaves are astounding! This international natural brew has been around for thousands of years as an herbal healer.
According to Health-promoting Properties of Common Herbs, the leaves of a mint plant can have powerful anti-cancer properties. Mint can also be a good alternative to some medications, and without undesirable side effects. It’s always important to discuss substituting herbs with medication with your physician. (Craig, vol. 70 para.2).
Drinking two cups in the morning and two cups before bed can help boost the immune system. As a matter of fact, mint has one of the highest levels of antioxidants. It has the power to noticeably reduce bloating, improve digestion, clear up skin, reduce toxins in the body and can even make your breath smell nice!
While tea likely originated in China, it is consumed in various forms all around the world.
In Morocco, they mix a bit of sugar in with the mint tea. It is customary, as a guest, to sit and enjoy up to two or three cups as a sign of hospitality. It would be considered impolite to refuse it.
Spain likes their sugary mint tea poured over ice.
Cubans prefer their mint with rum in their signature drink, the Mojito. You can make one by crushing a handful of mint leaves with a muddler, just enough to release the oils without overdoing it. Throw in a tablespoon of lime juice, a splash of sparkling water and a shot of white rum. Very refreshing on a hot summer day…or night.
Directions for the traditional hot mint tea:
Mint tea can be brewed simply by breaking apart fresh mint leaves and steeping in boiling water for 20 seconds to a minute. Organic mint is always best, otherwise the taste of nasty pesticides can come through.
Fresh lemon or lime can also be added to further contribute to the antioxidant brew and compliment the minty flavor.
Let cool to a comfortable temperature before drinking and always check for allergies or compatibility with medications beforehand.
Digital image. Erin Collins, 2 July 2016. Web. 4 July 2016.
Winston, Craig J. Health-promoting Properties of Common Herbs. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol 70 no.3 (1999)
Author: Erin Collins
Images: Author’s Own; Chris RubberDragon/Flickr
Editors: Emily Bartran; Caitlin Oriel