Herbal Fruit Tea with Mint and Citrus
A blend of the goodness of fruits and the healing power of herbs, herbal fruit teas are a delightful concoction with an array of health benefits. Not only do herbal fruit teas taste divine, there are many exotic options available for each to pick one that best suits them. The herbal fruit tea we will be discussing is Mint and Citrus fruit tea. It is packed with real apples, peppermint, spearmint, hibiscus blossoms, lemongrass and several citrus fruits and carries in it the benefits of all these gifts of nature. Also known as a tisane or infusion, mint and citrus tea has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments.
The tea has various other health benefits as well. Read on to find out more!
Rich in Vitamins
The tea is rich in an array of vitamins, the most important being vitamin C which is commonly found in most citrus fruits. Vitamin C is extremely important for the strengthening of the immune system and helps to keep various diseases at bay. It also contains several other important vitamins and minerals needed for healthy functioning of the body including potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and copper.
Soothes upset stomach
Mint and citrus tea is the perfect way to sooth an upset stomach. The cooling effects of menthol containing mint relaxes the stomach muscles that contract during an upset stomach and cause cramping. Menthol works by improving circulation and relieving the inflammation that causes stomach pains and feeling of bloating. It also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices including bile, helping to break down food quickly to aid speedy digestion. This effectively helps with the symptoms of diarrhea and constipation and helps to keep the digestive system working optimally. The mint and citrus work as detoxifiers, cleansing the body while also boosting your immune system. This tea is a good choice for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
Fights off common cold and flu
Mint and citrus tea is a perfect option if you are suffering from a cold. The citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and are great for fighting off flu and common cold by improving your immunity. Menthol is a muscle relaxant, and therefore helps open up airways, relieving congestion and alleviating severe colds, sore throat and also severe conditions such as bronchitis.
At the same time, mint and citrus fruits contain essential vitamins and nutrients that can boost your immune system so you get sick less frequently. With compounds such as antioxidants, vitamin B, potassium and calcium, your body can more easily absorb nutrients and fight invaders to stay healthy.
Helps Reduce Risk of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are extremely painful crystals of minerals and form when the urine is very concentrated, containing large amounts of such minerals. They also form due to low levels of citrate in urine. Citrus fruits help to raise the levels of citrate in the urine helping to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
Helps Fight Cancer
Reduced risk of certain cancers has been linked to the consumption of citrus fruits. Studies and research has suggested that they are particularly beneficial against lung, esophageal, stomach, breast and pancreatic cancers. The reason being that citrus fruits contain flavonoids that function as antioxidants helping to block the expression of cancer causing genes and also help in making carcinogenic inactive thereby preventing the formation of new cancers.
Treats bad breath
Menthol contained in the mint leaves helps to fight off bad breath leaving your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. The cooling scent of mint tea helps to mask bad breath while also working its antibacterial properties and killing the germs and bacteria that cause it. Lemon and mint tea is therefore a good option for those who suffer from bad breath caused by smoking and drinking alcohol. Menthol is your go-to for fighting off bad breath which is why it’s no surprise that most toothpastes boast about having menthol’s cooling and refreshing properties.
Improves skin and hair
Peppermint and lemon are known to help treat dandruff by reducing itchiness and soothing dry scalps. They are often applied topically to the scalp for quick results. Washing hair using mint tea and lemon tea, and allowing to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing should do the trick.
Mint and citrus can also help give you a clear and glowing skin. Their anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness caused by acne and antiseptic properties help prevent buildup of bacteria that can clog pores. Mint has a high content of salicylic acid that helps prevent skin blemishes, pimples and get rid of blackheads. It can also be used to sooth and treat harsh skin rashes and itchy bug bites.
Summing it up, the health benefits of herbal fruit teas, particularly mint and citrus tea, are many. Incorporating it into your daily diet for continual benefits or consuming while suffering from an upset tummy, cold and flu, will help alleviate the symptoms quickly. Until next time, stay safe. Happy tea-drinking!