If you’re looking for the perfect healthy post-dinner treat, look no further. Peppermint tea is loaded with health benefits, and it’s also delicious!
Peppermint tea has been used for centuries to aid digestion. Studies have shown that it helps relieve gas and bloating, and can reduce heartburn and indigestion as well.
Ending your meal peppermint tea really hits the sweet spot without adding any extra sugar to your meal.
It’s zero-calorie, naturally caffeine-free, and doesn’t contain any sugar. Many of my clients find this post-dinner habit really replaces cravings for sugary desserts.
The habit of cozying up to a big hot mug of tea with your loved ones can also create space for mindful conversation. It makes for a wonderful after-dinner ritual that will help you relax, connect with your significant other and friends, and boost your health.
You have two options to make peppermint tea:
Using fresh mint leaves to make tea after dinner (or any time of day) is my absolute favorite way to make peppermint tea. Mint grows incredibly easily in pots, and it’s also beautiful. Learn 10 more ways to use fresh mint leaves here.
To make fresh peppermint tea, grab your favorite mug, add 5-7 fresh mint leaves and pour hot (not boiling) into the mug. I boil water and let it sit for 5 minutes before pouring it over the leaves. Let it steep for around 5 minutes and sip away. I leave the mint leaves in my mug but you can discard them or compost them if you prefer.
Of course, you can also buy your peppermint tea and still get the same benefits. Dried tea is more concentrated than fresh mint leaves and will have a stronger flavor. Steep the bag for 3-4 minutes (read the package instructions), then discard the bag to prevent your tea from becoming bitter.
Look for an organic peppermint tea if possible and read the ingredients. Choose a peppermint tea that contains only peppermint; be sure it doesn’t contain any additives or caffeine. My favorite is Traditional Medicinals Organic Peppermint Tea, you can find it at most natural grocery stores.
Both options to make peppermint tea have wonderful benefits, so choose the way that works best for you.
Drink your peppermint tea straight up—no sugar added—for the most benefits.
Instead of prescribing what I think you should do, I help you find what works for you.