merry xmas readers! don’t forget to gift your digestion with some homemade peppermint tea

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Home | 12 Comments

For me, the true meaning of Christmas is eating lots of good food with lots of good company. So thank goodness my peppermint plant (Mentha x piperita
) has decided to come back from the dead. I’m sure its had more comebacks than John Farnham. It’s a herbaceous perennial that grows to 60 – 100 cm in height and is currently growing in little patches all over one of my garden beds. The prime time to sow seeds is in spring so it can be used to its full potential in summer. Peppermint grows in full sun or semi-shade in temperate, subtropical and tropical areas. And the good news is it propagates easily from cuttings. However, be warned, when it wants to live again, it takes over. Best to plant in pots if you don’t want peppermint domination.

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Among the many health benefits of peppermint tea, the standout (particularly for the season of decadence) is its ability to soothe and aid digestion. I drink it all year round as it generally calms my highly strung tendencies. The menthol in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant and can help to relieve stress and promote better sleeping. By the way, Planet Organics makes a lovely peppermint tea for when you don’t have access to fresh leaves. With peppermint being a ‘Christmasy’ type herb, I also wanted to wish my fellow bloggers a peaceful and safe Christmas. Thank you for your comments, insight and your wonderful blogs. Christmas can also be a difficult time of year for many so please take care of yourselves. I hope 2015 is the best year for everyone :: Jem x

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P E P P E R M I N T   T E A

A big handful of fresh peppermint leaves (I use ΒΌ cup of leaves when making 1 cup of tea)
About 4 cups of boiling water per handful of peppermint or enough to fill your teapot
Honey

Tear the peppermint leaves and slightly crush them with your fingers to get the oils going. Place them in a strainer in your teapot and pour the boiling water over the leaves (so they are covered) and let sit for around 10 minutes or longer. Adding ginger during the infusion process is also fantastic. You can add honey to taste and either drink it hot or keep it in the fridge after it has cooled down for a refreshing iced tea.

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12 Comments

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 23, 2014

    A very Merry Christmas Jem! I hope you have a wonderful break πŸ˜€

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  2. K / Pure & Complex
    December 23, 2014

    I simply love peppermint tea. I really enjoyed this post. Happy Holidays

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    • lostinutensils
      December 23, 2014

      There’s everything to love about peppermint tea! Happy Holidays to you πŸ™‚

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  3. Gourmet Getaways
    January 1, 2015

    Love TEA!!! Your tea set is nice, too!!!

    Happy New Year, and thanks for being part of our Blogging Friends!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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  4. Emma
    January 1, 2015

    Happy New Year Jem! Thanks for your lovely comments to my blog this past year and I hope for a lovely, happy 2015 for you and yours πŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      January 2, 2015

      Happy New Year Emma! Thanks so much πŸ™‚ Looking forward to more of your fantastic blog in 2015.

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  5. Alessandra // the foodie teen
    January 1, 2015

    I adore peppermint tea! Congratulations on a fantastic year, and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 filled with lots of delicious food!

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    • lostinutensils
      January 2, 2015

      Happy New Year Alessandra! I have really enjoyed reading your blog πŸ™‚

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  6. Function 9
    February 15, 2015

    I love iced peppermint tea! So refreshing in Summer.

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    • lostinutensils
      February 15, 2015

      It is so lovely as an iced tea with honey served with lemon slices and extra peppermint πŸ™‚

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