Fresh Ginger Mint Tea: Benefits and How to make it


Ginger is one traditional spice for treating colds and flu-like symptoms but many people do not love ginger’s smell. If you love ginger’s health benefits but you do not like the ginger smell, you should try the fresh ginger mint tea. Fresh ginger mint tea is very healthy, tasty with the smell of fresh mint leaves and easy to make. Moreover, this tea also can de-toxic and improve the skin by the precious nutrients in mint leaves and honey. So let check what are the health benefits of fresh ginger mint tea and how to make it.

What are the health benefits of fresh ginger mint tea? 

      Home remedy for cold and cough: Fresh ginger mint tea can be used as home remedy for treating cold, cough and flu-like symptoms. Ginger in the tea can help you to reduce cold and flu-like symptoms. Besides, the fresh mint leaves help to overcome a cough and relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, throat, and lung.

Support digestion: In Asia ginger has been used as digestion aid for thousand years. This function of ginger has been proved in many clinic types of research. Besides mint leaves and honey in this tea can check tummy aches and stomach ulcers.

Reduce nausea and vomiting. Ginger and mint leaves can reduce nausea and vomiting.

Reduce the pain and refresh your mind: Fresh ginger has been proved to reduce the pain in exercise if you use it daily for 11 continuous days.

De-toxic your body and improve skin condition: If you want to use this drink as a natural de-toxic drink, you can put more the mint leaves to enhance this benefits. Mint leaves can reduce irritated bowel syndromes and cleanses the stomach. Moreover, mint leaves contain a high amount of antiseptic qualities and menthol which can make your skin brighter.

How to make fresh ginger mint tea?

Ingredient for one cup

  • 2 gram of ginger 
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • Fresh mint leaves (If you do not have fresh mint leaves you can also use the dried mint leaves too.)

And now here we go:

Step 1: You should prepare 2 gram of ginger first. You can cut or chop ginger into small pieces or press it. I always press ginger because we can exploit or take more ginger’s water and nutrient than cut it.


Step 2: Put ginger, mint leaves and 2 tsp. of honey into a cup or a glass like this.I used my homegrown winter mint leaves to make this drink so the leaves look a little bit small. 


Step 3: Pour 150-200 ml boiling water into a cup and wait for 6 minutes. But why do I need to wait 6 minutes for brewing this tea? Because the best time for brewing fresh mint leaves is 6 minutes and ginger is 5 minutes. So 6 minutes is the ideal time for both mint leaves and ginger to totally brewed.

This is my fresh brewing ginger mint tea. You can see a light yellow color from pressed ginger and green color of mint leaves. Fresh ginger mint tea has a slight smell of mint leaves and sweet and warm taste of ginger and honey. You can have 2 cups of fresh ginger mint tea in a day for reducing the cold symptoms or de-toxic. But do not drink more than 2 cups a day because our body can only consume maximum 5 gram of ginger a day.
Fresh ginger mint tea is my favorite ginger’s recipe and I will always make it if I have fresh mint leaves. If you love ginger or mint leaves you should try this delicious and very healthy drink. It is very easy to make and once you try it you will not regret with what you have. Besides fresh ginger mint tea can also reduce the cold, cough and detox your body too. If you need to know more about the benefits and how to use ginger and mint leaves you can read it more in my previous posts. I hope you like it and share with me what do you think about this healthy and tasty tea. 

5 Health Benefits of Green Mint Tea

Green mint tea is a great combination between green tea and mint leaves. Green tea is packed with many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals. Besides, green tea contains a most important polyphenol Catechin or epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG which have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. A cup of green mint tea is added value with high amount of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals in mint leaves. A daily cup of green mint tea will give you lot of antioxidants, lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, support weight-loss management, boosts immunity to fight damage from the environment, and fight skin damage.

Lowering cancer risks

Having one or two of green mint tea per day you can reduce the cancer risks. Green tea is thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect digestive systems. Early clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in tea, especially green tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. EGCG in green tea have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. This polyphenols may cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells die. Besides, green tea also boosts immunity, and its antioxidants fight damaging free radicals in the body.

Healthy heart

Green tea supports the heart system, activates circulation. Green tea may lower your risks of having stroke when they are part of your diet. According to a research of Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, people who drank two or three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups a day had a 20 percent lower risk than who rarely drank green tea.

Until now it is unclear how the green can reduce the stroke in the people. Compound Catechins in green tea might increase plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic effects.

Weight loss

Green tea in this drink can stimulate your digestive system, blocks cholesterol absorption and removes excess body fat while adding essential nutrients for health and energy. In some researches, Green tea was proved to lower total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. And always remember: do not drink green mint tea when you are hungry, you might have nausea or anxiety attacks.

Detoxification

Both mint and green tea contain a lot of iron, vitamin and minerals to protect and enhance your body immune system. Green tea’s vitamins and minerals nourish your body, reduce stress, lower blood sugar, fight skin damage and boost the immune system. The B-complex vitamins in green tea can support the circulatory system and aid in the absorption of carbohydrates for energy. Vitamin E in both green tea and mint leaves work as an antioxidant, promotes healthy muscles and red blood cells, offers skin benefits and prevents aging. The high amount of vitamin C in green tea also support skin, muscles, bone and blood while offering strong antioxidant and immune defense.

Moreover, mint leaves will refresh and calm your mind, support your digestion and clean your stomach. In the ancient time, mint leaf was believed that it can clean the blood and refresh your mind. When combining green mint tea with honey you will have a super power drink to clean your stomach.

Fight skin damages

A cup of green mint tea is rich in Vitamins and mineral. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Folic acid, Vitamin E. The polyphenols EGCG in green tea may help prevent the development and growth of skin tumors.
Besides Mint leaves have a high content of salicylic acid, strong antiseptic qualities and menthol compresses. These ingredients can act as anti-pruritic agent and prevent acne. The salicylic acid loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. Therefore clogged pores and you will have clear skin with fewer pimples. Besides the high amount of Vitamin A (9%) in mint leaves may strengthen skin tissues and help reduce oily skin.

Consider drinking a cup of green tea instead of your morning coffee will bring you more health benefits than you expect. This traditional healthy drink will strengthen, hydrate and immune the body with more antioxidant and vitamin C supplement than any kind of tea. The mint leaves will refresh help to clear and calm your mind. Besides you can have brighter skin, weight loss and a healthy heart too. 

References:

Ito en, ‘‘Major component and Healthbenefits of Green Tea’’, itoen.c.jp, 7th October 7, 2013

Cancer.org, ‘‘Green Tea’’, cancer.org, 2nd April 2012

ST. Luke’s hospital at the vintage, ‘‘Green Tea’’, stukesvintage.adam.com, 14th October 2011

American Heart Associations, ‘Green tea coffee may helplower stroke risk‘, newsroom.heart.org, 14th March 2013

Cancer.org,‘‘Peppermint’’, cancer.org, 28 November 2008

Mint Leaf Tea: Health Benefits and Side Effects


Mint leaves have been used as a digestive aid thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, Greek, and Romans. More recently Mint leaves, mint tea and menthol products like mint oil, mint capsule have been used as a folk remedy or food supplements for vomiting, respiratory infections, menstrual problems and natural remedy for insomnia. The power of Mint leaves come from it precious Mint leaves elements with 3% of Dietary fiber, 9% Vitamin A, 2% Vitamin C, 7% Iron, 2% Calcium, 2% Magnesium, 3% Folate, 1% Copper and 6% Manganese. Mint also has the great source of protein, Thiamin, and Niacin.

Mint is very good at curing dyspepsia, gasses, nausea, body aches and pain nervous, fatigue, tension and headaches, muscle soreness and pain, itching, sunburn, and clearing nasal congestion.  

What are the benefits of Mint leaf tea?

Nausea and headaches

A refreshing mint scent is a powerful medicine to treat nausea. Smell the aroma of mint oil or fresh mint leaves so nausea is reduced. Mint leaves also can reduce the vomiting of women at gestation periods and motion sickness.
The ancient Greek believed that mint could invigorate the mind and refresh the blood. Mint leaves can be used as a remedy for headaches when you applied topically by mint soothing effects.

Supporting Digestive system

Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, gallstone and cleanses the stomach. A teaspoon of honey in lukewarm fresh mint tea can check tummy aches/distension and stomach ulcers.

Respiratory disorders

The aroma of fresh mint is very effective relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, throat, and lungs. Mint can also help to overcome a cough. The use of mint on a regular basis can help people with asthma by providing relaxation and helping to relieve breathing.

Natural remedy for insomnia

Mint leaves are also used as an old traditional way of natural cures for insomnia. According to the ehow website, we can brew¼ tsp. dried chamomile flower, ¼ tsp. dried peppermint dried leaves and ¼ tsp. dried strawberry leaf with 4 cups of boiling water in 20 minutes to cure insomnia. The mint leaves and chamomile are good for the respiratory system and also helps you to clear and calm your mind.

Clear the acne and improve skin problems

Mint has strong antiseptic qualities and menthol compresses were used in the past to cure inflammatory skin disease and herpes. Mint can be used to soothe and calm skin that’s itchy or infected and even use to heal bites from mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Because Mint contains a high content of salicylic acid so it can act as antipruritic agent and prevent acne. The salicylic acid in mint leaves loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. Therefore clogged pores and you will have clear skin with fewer pimples. Besides Mint may strengthen skin tissues and help reduce oily skin with the high amount of Vitamin A (9%) in mint.

What are the side effects of Mint leaves?

Mint is considered safe when taken by non-allergic people in normal doses. But if you are sensitive to mint or its components you should stop using mint and avoiding mint in all forms to prevent recurrence. These are some allergic reactions to mint:

  • Skin hives and Eczema
  • Nasal Congestion and runny nose along with watering of eyes
  • Tingling around the mouth and lips and sudden numbness of area where the mint contacts the skin
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Headaches which can result in severe migraines
  • Clogging of the sinuses
Mint may increase symptoms of acid reflux disease and hiatal hernia; people with these conditions are advised to avoid the herb. People with gallstones or liver damage should also use caution when using Mint leaves.
When applied mint leaves or menthol product directly to the skin, it can cause irritation. Mint oil and menthol products should not be applied to the nose or face of an infant or small child since they could cause trouble breathing.
Acid-reducing medicines may allow enteric-coated mint to be released before it leaves the stomach, which may reduce its effect on an irritable bowel.
If you use Mint oil or any kind of menthol products, remember that they may interact with other medicines as well. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all medicines and supplements that you are taking when buying menthol products.

How to use mint leaves and menthol products?

Mint leaves are best to pick during early morning hours in spring. If you need to dry it, first rinse it under cool, running water. Then place it in cool, dark place. To keep it fresh for 3-4 days, store it in the refrigerator. Mint or spearmint which is kept in sealed packages can maintain its aroma. Never buy it in bulk.

Common dosages are 1 to 2 capsules 3 times a day for irritable bowel syndrome; 1 tablespoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water for tea, 2 or 3 times a day; 3 to 4 drops in hot water for inhalation; 1% to 5% essential oil for nasal ointments; and 5% to 20% essential oil for other ointments applied to the skin.

References:
         Myrsini, Lambraki. ‘‘Herbs, Greens, Fruit: The key to the Mediterranean diet’, p. 37, 1999
         Nutrition data. ‘‘Nutrition facts: Spearmint, fresh(Mint)’’, Nutritiondata.self.com, 16 September 2013
         Ehow Contributor. ‘‘How to use peppermint to cure Insomnia?’’ ehow.com, 16 September 2013
         Aida, Duncan. ‘‘Improveskin with mint’’, Health.howstuffworks.com, 16 September 2013
 thot4food, ‘’Mint allergy’’, Ifood.tv, 11 July 2011,
         Cancer.org,‘‘Peppermint’’, cancer.org, 28 November 2008

Raspberry drink with Honey and Mint


         Today I will share with you my favorite healthy drink recipe made from with red raspberries, mint leaves and honey. This healthy drink is easy to prepare and very good to your body. Your body can absorb many antioxidant, mineral and vitamin C from red raspberries and honey in this healthy drink. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Health benefits and usages of red raspberry’’, the red raspberry contains high amount of antioxidant that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. To make this drink you can use both fresh and frozen red raspberries to make it. 
       
       The mint leaves in the drink can eliminate toxins from your body, cleanses the stomach and clear up skin disorders. I don’t know about you but with me I always prefer the honey to the sugar. Besides the excellence health benefit, the honey has a very relaxing smell. When you combine red raspberries, mint leaves and honey you will have a very tasty healthy drink. Now let start to do this easy and healthy red raspberry drink: 

                                Ingredients:

      1 dl of fresh red raspberries or frozen un-sweetened
      2 tsp. of honey
      4 or 5 mint leaves

A cup of ice


Step 1: Mix 2 tsp. honey with water. You should put a little hot water into cup because it is very hard for honey mixed with cold water. When honey totally melted, you can put more cold water up to 150 ml or a half of cup like this. 



Step 2: Put red raspberries into a cup of honey water. Squeeze the red raspberries and then discard the red raspberry seeds.


Step 3: Cut 5 mint leaves and then put them into the cup with red raspberry. If you want more mint flavor in your drink, you can squeeze cut mint leaves but it might bring a little bitter feeling from squeezed mint leaves to the raspberry drink.

Step 4: Put some ice and enjoy the red raspberry healthy drink. It only takes you about 10 minute or less to prepare this healthy and tasty red raspberry drink. 


This healthy drink got a light sweet taste but not too sweet.  You can enjoy a relaxing flavor which is combined by honey, fresh mint leaves and red raspberry. If you are looking for easy and healthy drink recipe, this healthy drink recipe is a good choice. Try to make it if you like red raspberry, honey and mint leave. Let me know what you think about this easy healthy drink recipe or what your experience when you make it.