I'm just shy of being 24 weeks pregnant, I need distractions and thus I'm always looking for new, simple remedies to make my ever growing tummy feel a bit calmer and less bloated. When a fellow pregnant pal of mine told me that she had been making her own mint tea, I thought I would join the party. Since then, I've been on this mint kick and I will tell you why...Sooth your tummy.Mint is a carminative, aka the fancy way of saying that that it is a digestive. By releasing the stomach muscles, mint can assist in relieving gas, bloating and all that fun stuff. Mint also contains anti-viral and anti-microbial benefits which reduces symptoms that are connected with irritable bowl syndrome.
Up your anti's. Peppermint is filled with essential oils that contain loads of antioxidants that have been proven to prevent cancer from growing. These oils are released when they come in contact with hot water. One of these antioxidants is rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off certain allergies.
Getcha vitamins & minerals. Looking for a plant based way to get some additional iron into your diet? Fresh mint! Mint also contains small amounts of fiber, potassium and vitamin A which will help keep your skin glowy and your immune and reproductive systems in tip top shape.
Brain power. In addition to being a super soothing, calming and uplifting scent, the smell of mint has been linked to boosting your brain's ability to concentrate. Studies have proven that the smell of mint can also increase motivation and stamina.
Like I said, I have been consuming these beautiful green mint leaves in various ways; smoothies (click HERE for the best Fresh Mint Shake from Kye's Montana in Santa Monica, CA), soups (click HERE for one of my new favorite places to sip pho in Silverlake, CA), stews (goes really nice with grass fed beef), salads, in my green juice and...in my tea. Often times, mint tea that is brewed elsewhere can have unnecessary amounts of sugar added to the mix. By making your own, you can cut back on the sugar and sip on the guilt free version...and it is much cheaper and super easy to create. Just take about 1/8 cup or so of fresh mint leaves, add it to a mug of boiling water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. If you like, add some high quality honey for a little sweetness...and sip away.
That's mint. Ya, I said it.
*As with mostly anything while pregnant, consult your Doc to make sure mint is right for you.