Updated: Aug 10
We all know peppermint is great at calming upset stomachs, aiding digestion, and combating sinus congestion – but lesser known benefits of peppermint include its soothing effect on migraine headaches (because it contains menthol), and its lowering of the body’s natural histaminergic allergy response (because it contains rosmarinic acid). An interesting study even investigated the link between certain aromas and cognitive performance, highlighting that the smell of peppermint increased both alertness and memory.
A reinvention of the cool, refreshing peppermint tea, this blend features a few bonus ingredients to optimise wellbeing – namely, ashwagandha, dandelion, and cleavers. Recent peer reviewed research papers have brought to light the benefits of these ingredients on both brain function and physical health. Here, I will discuss some of the key findings.
Also referred to as ‘winter cherry’, this evergreen shrub has been shown to ameliorate symptoms of anxiety by reducing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. When cortisol levels within the body are regulated, other benefits such as improved sleep, enhanced memory, decreased pain and a reduction in inflammation are also documented.
Dandelion leaves are so packed full of goodness that they nutritionally outweigh both kale and spinach in their mineral and vitamin content (containing potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and K). They have been shown to have positive effects on the immune system owing to their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, they can help to lower blood pressure because of their high potassium content, and they may facilitate digestion due to being so rich in fibre.
As a diuretic, these sticky plants are excellent at helping fluid circulate through the body – whether that’s reducing congestion in your glands, cleansing your urinary tracts, or helping your kidneys to flush out toxins.