- Peppermint Background
- Herbal Tea Preparation
Our organic Peppermint Herbal Tisane is a wonderfully tasty remedy for just about anything that ails you. Peppermint is used as a digestive aid to relieve heartburn, stomach ache and nausea.
The best peppermint comes from the northwestern United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally (dependent upon weather patterns) the second cut (takes place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most pungent, (literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water). Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature - perfect for cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer's day.
Ingredients: Organic Peppermint
Origin: Washington State, USA
Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of it's bright, pungent flavor, peppermint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.
Water Temperature: Boiling
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. (3 grams)
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Herb and fruit teas are very forgiving! With very few exceptions you will need boiling water to bring out the full flavor of the ingredients. Steep for at least 3 minutes--the longer the better. There's really no such thing as too long, and there's no need to remove the herbs and fruit at all. But because of that, don't expect to get more than one infusion.