Sgt Peppermint (Organic)
Country of Origin: Egypt
Region: Nile Delta
Altitude: 625 m above sea level
Grade: Whole leaf, Cut (2nd Cut – best Cut) and Sifted
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled
Cup Characteristics: Very pungent with a cool fresh taste.
Infusion: Tending yellowish green with a bright green infused leaf
Description: Peppermint is a great tea for digestive troubles as it has calmative properties. Not only does it taste great but the aroma is very uplifting.
Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature – perfect for cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer’s day. Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of its bright, pungent flavour, peppermint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.
Some of Peppermint tea properties are Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Anti Emetic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Aromatic, Diaphoretic, Nervine and Analgesic.
Hot Tea Brewing Method: Bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of peppermint for each 200 – 260mL of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5 – 10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavour as more herb flavour is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Iced Tea Brewing Method (To make 1 Litre): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of peppermint into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly water, boil and pour 1¼ cups over the peppermint. Steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herb tea is to increase the strength of the hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
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