Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea ($2/oz)
Very pungent with a cool, refreshing taste. Many claim it calms the digestive system and helps relieve heartburn, stomachaches and nausea
GROWING COUNTRY: USA
REGION: Washington State
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 (depending upon weather patterns) the second cut (taking place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most pungent (it literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water).
Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. It is often consumed after meals, as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and help relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, as well as helping to alleviate heartburn, stomachaches and nausea. Because of its bright, pungent flavor, peppermint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, and as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation. An interesting and tingly way to use peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint tea 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.