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@Debbie- You’re right. Peppermint herbal tea has many healthy properties. Sure, it tastes good, but it’s a superb folk remedy to have around the house for a plethora of simple uses.
As Debbie said, peppermint, along with other herbs that promote perspiration, like cinnamon and chrysanthemum, can help support supporting the immune and respiratory functions during cold weather. Consumed hot, these perspiration-promoting herbs are stimulating and help to release waste materials.
Besides being a tasty tea and candy herb, peppermint is a widely used digestive aid that helps reduce gas and has a long history of being employed for minor muscle cramps.
Peppermint has a cooling temperature and a pungent taste. Itdecreases pitta and kapha doshas and is balancing for vata. Spearmint is even more cooling and might be a better choice for a fiery hot tummy. Peppermint has one shortcoming compared to other mints and its energetics have been disputed for centuries, but basically its taste is pungent with a cooling energy. Since it is a hot herb, the digestive effects can be unpredictable. Pitta conditions, especially heartburn, can be aggravated by peppermint. Other mints, including spearmint (Mentha spicata) and horsemint (corn mint) (podina, Mentha arvensis) have a more overtly cooling energy.