How To Make Peppermint Tea
If you enjoy a fresh cup of peppermint tea to soothe away the cares of the world, you will be happy to learn that you can grow fresh peppermint in windows boxes and containers in any location that receives 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Not only will you have the ingredients for peppermint tea at your fingertips, you will always know that it has been grown organically, too. So tuck a plant or two in pot and place it near the kitchen door, or tuck it into a window box outside the kitchen window, to keep it within easy reach.
Harvest and Prepare Peppermint Leaves for Tea
You can begin harvesting your peppermint as soon as the leaves reach full size and your plant has enough leaves for a cup of tea. Generally, your peppermint is ready to begin harvesting when the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall.
- Remove the largest outside leaves by pinching them from the stem with your thumb and fingers. Alternately, you can clip them from the stem with scissors, but this isn’t necessary.
- Check that the leaves are free of insects of other debris. Discard discolored or damaged leaves.
- Rinse the peppermint leaves under cold, running water to remove soil.
- Place 6 to 8 leaves in the bottom of a cup. If you are using a large mug, opt for 10 to 12 leaves instead.
- Meanwhile, bring fresh water to a rapid bowl over medium heat.
- Pour the boiling water over the leaves and allow them to steep for about 5 minutes. Steeping time determines the strength of your peppermint tea. For a stronger tea, allow the leaves to steep for an additional minute or two.
- Strain the leaves from the tea. Some prefer to sip on the tea without removing the leaves, but that is up to you.
Flavoring Peppermint Tea
Many people enjoy peppermint tea without any other flavorings, but you can sweeten your peppermint tea recipe or add other flavorings without losing the health benefits of peppermint. Try these additions to create your own special blend of peppermint tea.
- Herbal Honey – Look for one that is labeled as organic.
- Lemon – A splash of lemon or a lemon garnish blends well with peppermint.
- Vanilla Bean – Add a slice of vanilla bean pod to the tea before steeping.
- Sugar or Artificial Sweetener – You can sweeten your tea with a little sugar or artificial sweetener if you prefer. If you grow stevia in your garden, use a few leaves to sweeten your tea.
Many people enjoy combining herbs to make a flavorful tea. Try adding lavender or chamomile to enhance the calming effects of peppermint tea or add other mints to create a one-of-a-kind minty blend.
Hot or Cold
While many associate a hot cup of tea with relaxation, a refreshing glass of iced tea can do the trick on a hot summer day. Steep your peppermint tea as usual and place it in the fridge to cool. Serve it over the rocks with a sprig of mint as a garnish for a refreshing drink during the summer heat.
Peppermint tea is thought to reduce anxiety and stress and promote a sense of well-being, but that’s not all it can do for you. Peppermint tea aids digestion, helps relieve cold and flu symptoms and may work as an appetite suppressant too. So, the next time you are feeling a little stressed, grab some mint leaves and steep a cup of relaxing peppermint tea.