Organic Mint Tea
Peppermint (Mentha piperita L.) is one of the most widely consumed single ingredient herbal teas, or tisanes. Peppermint tea, brewed from the plant leaves, and the essential oil of peppermint are used in traditional medicines. Evidence-based research regarding the bioactivity of this herb is reviewed. The phenolic constituents of the leaves include rosmarinic acid and several flavonoids, primarily eriocitrin, luteolin and hesperidin. The main volatile components of the essential oil are menthol and menthone. In vitro, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal (GI) tissue, analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system, immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential.
A nice thing to try is “The a la Menthe Fraiche” (tay ah lah mont FRASH) = Fresh Mint Leaf Tea. The “Fraiche” part is important. This is really nice when it is served in little Moroccan tea pots, meant to be drunk from hand-painted glasses. The little potholders that usually come with this are “la cerise sur le gateau” – that little something special. Le Regis on Ile St Louis serves it this way.