In light of the onset of the academic year, we’d like to feature one of our favorite focus-promoting herbs: peppermint. This leaf also happens to make a delicious tisane, alone or combined with other herbs and teas.
A hybrid between water-mint and spearmint, peppermint is native to Europe but is now grown worldwide. Originally cultivated as far back as ten-thousand years ago, peppermint has a storied history of medicinal uses including treatment for nausea and as a digestive aide. Other benefits attributed to peppermint and its aroma are improved alertness, memory and focus—all helpful as we return from summer vacations.
Along with its medicinal uses, peppermint oil is commonly employed as a perfume for skincare products and a natural flavoring in food and beverages. Additionally, the herb can be sprinkled onto all types of dishes, and in particular fresh peppermint leaves are a tasty addition to salads, cocktails and desserts.
Dried peppermint leaves are what we here at The Teaologist care most about. A peppermint tisane can be used to soothe a sore throat, or to provide morning clarity without the caffeine jitters. Our Peppermint Trellis and Chamomile Peppermint blends (pictured below) are two of our favorite, hot or cold.
Peppermint Trellis: An energizing blend comprised of peppermint, white tea and whole strawberries.
Chamomile Peppermint: This simple combination of chamomile flowers and peppermint makes for a light and smooth tisane that is sure to calm the body and mind.