Suddenly, I’m finding myself drinking our Peppermyntle blend most nights before bed as I unwind on the couch with a good book or some cheap thrills courtesy of Netflix (currently bingeing on 'The Alienist')!
I have not always been a fan of peppermint tea due to its ‘toothpaste like’ taste (coming from menthol – a naturally occurring compound in mint). However, when we begin to gain a deeper understanding of the associated health benefits of a product we ingest, I feel the taste of the product can change...stay with me! Knowledge of the positive health impact can enrich the overall experience and therefore change your perception of what the taste means to you. Kind of like a holistic evaluation rather than just letting your taste buds evaluate alone.
WHAT IS PEPPERMYNTLE?
It is a blend, for the most part, consisting of crisp organic Peppermint leaves sourced from Egypt. Next, we introduce the Queen of the lemon herbs – Native Lemon myrtle – which provides a gentle lift to this blend with its sweet clean citrus notes. Lemon Myrtle is a flowering plant which grows in sub-tropical climates on Australia's East Coast.
BEST TIME TO DRINK PEPPERMYNTLE
For me, its after dinner and before bed. This is due to the two biggest benefits I associate with this blend being a digestive aid and sleep inducer.
For thousands of years peppermint has probably best been known for being a stomach healer. Its calming effect on the intestines can be useful in so many stomach related ailments from improving digestion, reducing cramps and aches to relieving gas and bloating. Its Antispasmodic properties (from menthol) help improve muscle relaxation, relieve stress and settle the mind making this an ideal pre-bed tonic.
AND IN CASE YOU ARE STILL NOT SOLD ON PEPPERMINT…
The menthol found in Peppermint is the real hero here and can help to combat bad breath. It is also useful in reducing fever due to the herbs cooling qualities.
WHY ADD LEMON MYRTLE?
Not only does lemon myrtle create a happy marriage of flavours it also shares similar properties in its ability to treat muscle cramps and fever.
A touch of honey or your choice of sweetener is a lovely addition to obtain a deeper, more robust flavour for those who like to walk on the sweeter side of life.
So, after a busy day of working, mumming around and eating a vegetarian diet – A soothing cup of Peppermyntle to calm my senses and relieve my often-uncomfortable stomach is a welcome finish to my day.
Mama Chai xx