Peppermint tea recipe
A cup of mint tea will relieve nervous tension after a hard day, help you relax and prepare your body for sleep. But this is only a small part of the useful properties of a unique natural remedy.
Mint has a beneficial effect on the female body. It’s not just diuretic properties and the ability to remove stagnant fluid from the body. Mint tea stabilizes the hormonal background. A lot has been said and written about the benefits of mint tea, so let’s look at the rules of brewing this drink in more detail.
It’s great to brew mint tea from fresh mint shoots, for example, collected on your own suburban plot. But you can also buy fresh mint at the market or in the supermarket.
Peppermint tea recipe from fresh mint
Ingredients for tea
- 5 g of fresh mint
- 200-250 ml of boiled water
- 15 g honey (can be without it)
Step # 1. Take 4-6 sprigs of mint-5 -7 grams
Step # 2. Put it in a teapot or mug. Lightly mash the mint leaves with a pestle or hands to release the juice and essential oils.
Step # 3. Fill with hot water (the water temperature is not higher than 90 degrees)
Step # 4. Close the lid and let it brew for 10-15 minutes
Step # 5. If desired, add a spoonful of lime honey to the tea, but only when the infusion has cooled to 45 degrees, in order to preserve the useful properties of the honey.
In the winter months, dried mint will help calm your nerves. To stock up on hand-made peppermint tea recipe for the future, let’s figure out how to properly prepare and dry mint.
How to properly dry mint
Step # 1. Rinse the mint with clean, cold water. Even if you cut the plant on the site.
Step # 2. Dry the mint on paper towels or using a green dryer.
Step # 3. Cover a baking sheet or grill with parchment and spread the mint sprigs over the surface.
Step # 4. Place a baking sheet with fresh mint in the oven, preheated to 70-80 degrees and leave the oven door ajar.
Step # 5. Dry the mint in the oven for 50 -70 minutes. If there is a lot of mints and it has not dried in an hour, dry it for another 10-15 minutes.
Attention! After you get the mint out of the oven, spread it out on an open surface and let it lie for another day. Otherwise, dried mint may become mildewed.
How to check the readiness: dried twigs and leaves of mint should be easy to break.
Step # 6. Transfer the dried mint to a paper bag or opaque glass jar.
Useful tip: or dry the mint naturally on the balcony, veranda, or window. The process will take longer.
Peppermint tea recipe from dried mint
- 1 teaspoon of crushed dried mint leaves (1-2 sprigs of mint) pour a glass of hot water
- Cover the teapot with a lid and let it brew for 20 minutes.
- Strain the infusion through a strainer or cheesecloth.
Do you like to experiment?
Brew mint with green, black tea or hibiscus. Mint tea is excellent both hot and cold. A slice of lime or lemon combined with mint menthol will give the drink an incredible refreshing effect.
Contraindications of mint tea
- Hypotension. Mint lowers blood pressure, so people with low blood pressure can only use it in small quantities.
- For food intolerance and Allergy to menthol.
- During pregnancy and lactation.
- Varicose veins (when using mint, exacerbations are possible).
- Diseases of the excretory system