Peppermint tea has many health benefits beyond just drinking for relaxation. You can use peppermint tea to ease headaches, sore throat, stuffy sinuses, puffy eyes, and sore limbs. Who knew you could do so much with peppermint tea?
On top of opening up sinuses and soothing a sore throat, peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory, so I often will drink it for headaches and aches from my wisdom tooth growing in. As an anti-inflammatory and circulation encouragement in the body, it makes a great foot or hand bath as well for aching feet and hands gone sore from typing all day. I simply take a large bowl of hot water, steep 3 tea bags in the water, and either soak my aching feet or hands in the hot water (hot as I can stand- it cools while you soak, and combines great with the cooling effect of the peppermint) to allow them to be soothed and increase circulation after a long day of either running around or typing all day. The circulatory benefits of peppermint tea really helps my feet and hands feel tons better. The anti-inflammatory effects help to ease all my aches and pains, and the scent is calming after a nerve-wracking day of just trying to get everything done.
Peppermint tea can help you sleep. The calming effects of the peppermint in the tea, and the scent of the beverage itself, helps tune the body into a calming rest mode, to allow for better, easier sleep. Other teas that help the body calm and ready for sleep include ginger, chamomile, and catnip tea (which acts as a mild tranquilizer and is great for anxiety as well).
A peppermint tea bag is wonderful on a sore tooth. When my teeth get very sore, as do my gums, from my stubborn wisdom teeth, I place an ice-cold tea bag on my swollen gums and the cool mint of the tea bag along with the calming scent and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb itself help to quell my tooth aches and pains, ans cause my swelling to cease.
Peppermint tea bags on the eyes when they are puffy or swollen is great as well. Since, once again, peppermint encourages circulation, dark circles and puffy eyes can be easily combated by a cold compress on the eyes in a simple peppermint tea bag form. I usually reuse tea bags that I had already steeped for drinking in the freezer, to use as cold compresses, foot or hand baths, or sore gum relievers. A little tea bag can be used numerous times.
You can dip a peppermint tea bag in your cup of coffee for a pleasant taste and flavor to your morning brew. I tend to switch from tea to coffee throughout the morning, and placing a used tea bag in my coffee gives my coffee a great boost. Who knew you could do so much with peppermint tea?