Many of us over-do it for the holidays. Too many servings of candied yams, too much alcohol, too much pie, too much of any and everything. You may be feeling a little sluggish and bloated by now but no worries, peppermint tea is here to help. Peppermint tea helps eliminate stomach heat("stomach heat" causes heartburn, indigestion and nausea.) It also aids in digestion and weight loss. Not only does it calm an upset stomach, it can actually calm an upset brain as well. Peppermint tea has been shown to reduce anxiety and nervousness. I think the reasoning for this, once again, has to do with stomach heat. Stomach heat can cause irritability and anxiety. What exactly is it you ask? I've mostly heard the term from doctors who practice Eastern Medicine including my brilliant acupuncturist, Dr. Yoon (714 614-8242). Stomach heat is caused by eating too many "hot" foods and dehydration. Some things that cause stomach heat include: coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, most meat(except pork), nuts, spicy foods. If you indulge in any of these peppermint tea is a good idea for you as it cools the stomach. Some issues stomach heat can cause are irritability, anxiety, impatience, acne, nausea, acid reflux, heart burn, constipation, dry mouth, stomach pain, and can lower your immune system. Too much stomach heat or not, peppermint tea has many benefits.
Aids in digestion and encourages regularity and healthy bile flow.
Can cause weight loss by improving your body's metabolism, helping you digest food more quickly and efficiently. It also is an appetite suppressant.
Can ease and eliminate headaches and migraines.
Rids you of bad breath.
Reduces pain and inflammation all over the body, including menstrual cramps.
Naturally reduces fevers with it's powerful ingredient, menthol. The menthol and anti-inflammatory effects also ease colds and flu.
Reduces anxiety and nervousness, it is considered a nerve tonic.
Peppermint tea can also boost energy levels and alertness.
Nikki Gray CNC