The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

Posted by Hain Celestial on Sep 16, 2014 | A Healthier Way of Life

All of us "socialites" here at The Vegan Project are admitted caffeine addicts.  In fact, as this very moment, Bridget Burns and I, Samantha Shorkey, are enjoying a delicious cup of coffee at a quaint, Vancouver coffee shop.  Espressos, dark chocolate mochas, soy Americanos, almond milk lattes, Matcha, black, herbal or green tea-- you name it, we're all over it.

So, we were pretty stoked to receive a slew of Celestial Seasonings teas from our good pals at Hain-Celestial.

It was perfect timing for me especially because I'm back in the (hungry & miserable) depths of my next fitness competition prep.

Year-round, I tout the benefits of drinking tea but even more so during my pre-competition, "leaning out" period.  Herbal tea is such a good beverage option for water-haters or those counting calories.  It also provides a lot of health benefits!

Did you know that green tea has a really high concentration of antioxidants which help to prevent the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colon cancers?  It also prevents the clogging of arteries, burns fat, counteracts oxidative stress on the brain, reduces the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and improves cholesterol levels!

Black tea has the highest caffeine content (for those seeking a "morning coffee" substitute) and studies show it may also protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and reduce risk of stroke.

I'd like to make special mention of a personal favourite of mine: Celestial Seasoning Peppermint Herbal Tea.

I love a cup of peppermint tea in the evening.  It’s just so relaxing and refreshing.  It’s also a great digestive aid and gives me minty, fresh breath post all my garlicky, vegan meals.

I’m such a night-time snacker.  I always want to eat sugary desserts when I’m relaxing at home in the evening.  When I’m trying to adhere to my brutal competition diet, I find drinking peppermint tea before bed really helps keep hunger at bay but still feels like I’m enjoying “something” sweet. 

Added bonus is that it is such a stomach soother! Yes, peppermint tea also promotes good digestion.  I feel relaxed just thinking about it J

Samantha Shorkey

The Vegan Project