I started getting migraines when I was around 16 and we quickly traced my trigger back to caffeine. My coffee drinking days were over (not that they were that epic to start with but it was bey bey coffee for me). I haven’t had any coffee for more than 10 years now and even though it didn’t bother me much when I was a student, the working-life me needed an alternative which would give me the wake-me-up in the morning I needed.
That’s when I came across Peppermint Tea!
My Peppermint Tea of choice has always been the Woolworths brand, however they’ve changed the formula slightly recently and I have to be honest I preferred the original. The new version, no longer called “Wake-Me-Up” but rather “Dawn Chorus”, is slightly more minty than pepperminty but alas it will do for now. I do wonder why Woolworths would change a winning formula though.
None the less, Peppermint Tea has been my morning drink in the same way coffee is for most people for about 4 years now. It has wonderful health benefits and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to switch out coffee or simply cut back their caffeine intake.
What is Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is actually a cross between water mint and spearmint. The origin of the peppermint plant is unknown but dried leaves have been found as far back as ancient Egyptian times. There are also records of peppermint being used in Greek and Roman times in food. The plant became popular in the 1700’s in Europe as a tea and has since been associated with a number of medicinal purposes form indigestion to coughs and fever.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea has long been associated with helping to cure nausea and other indigestion irritations. Peppermint is antispasmodic which helps to reduce vomiting and can even ease motion sickness in planes and cars.
Where coffee was a migraine trigger for me, Peppermint tea can actually help heal headaches. Headaches caused by stress and bad diet usually cause the blood vessels to the brain to restrict blood flow. In the same way painkillers try and relax these blood vessels, Peppermint tea does it in a natural way. Apparently even the smell of Peppermint tea can help relieve headaches. A tasty and healthy way to feel better.
As I mentioned, I started drinking Peppermint tea as a replacement for coffee in the mornings. It is the invigorating refreshment that helps to get you going. The boost might not be as intense as coffee, but it is, once again, more natural and controlled. The boost is refreshing and will not cause heart pulpetations or jitteriness the way coffee can sometimes do.
Leading on from the refreshing feeling one gets from drinking Peppermint tea, it also has a number of mental health benefits. Peppermint tea can enhance memory retrieval and make you more alert, which is one of the reason some people prefer to drink Peppermint tea while studying rather than coffee.
The relaxing feeling brought on by drinking Peppermint tea makes it the perfect tea to start your morning with as well as a natural way to control anxiety. It’s no wonder peppermint oil is used so frequently in aromatherapy.
Finally you don’t have to worry about having coffee breath after your Peppermint tea cup, as the high volume of mentholated and anti-bacterial qualities help to kills germs and fight bad breath (it’s like toothpaste in a cup, just tasting way better).
Side Effects of Peppermint Tea
There are a few side effects of Peppermint tea and honestly before writing this article I wasn’t aware of any of them. They are very rare though, but it’s important to be aware.
Peppermint tea lowers sugar levels. If you are a diabetic or have naturally low sugar levels be careful of drinking too much Peppermint tea as it can lower your sugar levels even further. If you need to lower your sugar levels though, this is the perfect remedy.
The relaxing qualities of Peppermint tea in too high doses can however also be dangerous. Drinking too much Peppermint tea during pregnancies can cause uterine relaxation and a miscarriage. The same over-use can cause over-relaxation in the stomach muscles, allowing for more acid reflux.
I have to reiterate I have been drinking Peppermint tea for a long time and have never experienced any of these problems, however, I only have a cup a day. What’s the old saying, everything in moderation.
I absolutely love my morning Peppermint tea and although my favourite brand has now changed, I wouldn’t give this morning ritual up for any amount of coffee. Give Peppermint tea a try if you need a bit of refreshment and relaxation in the mornings and feel the difference.