We all have that comfort drink, food, or routine that we turn to as we settle down for the night. Some grab a book to help calm the mind from the stress of everyday life, others might eat a bowl of cereal or drink a glass of milk to settle their stomach. But for me, it’s all about my final cup of peppermint tea. It soothes me right before bed, and might have with even greater health benefits than I realized, thanks to all-powerful peppermint.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
1. It relaxes your body, especially before sleep.
Drinking tea before bed is widely known as a way to get better sleep, since the warm beverage may help you relax. And peppermint in particular has special properties that makes it easier to wind down. For instance, peppermint has a muscle relaxing effect when we drink it, which helps our bodies let go of the day’s tension. The brew also helps calm heart palpitations.
Experts agree that a cup of this tea is the right choice when you’re too wired. “The best tea to ease heart palpitations is peppermint tea, as it has been shown to have a soothing and calming effect on the mind and body,” says Caleb Backe, health and wellness correspondent for Maple Holistics.
2. It gives your digestion a boost.
The menthol in peppermint — which is also the reason this word ends in “mint” — provides great benefits for digestion. Menthol, a natural organic compound in peppermint and spearmint, relaxes our digestive system (seeing a pattern here?). It also helps our digestive tract get to work, making the whole process easier on our bodies. It can also help reduce bloating and soothe an upset stomach.
3. It gives your skin more glow.
This tip isn’t about drinking the tea, but rather, applying it to your skin. Those same soothing plant compounds can diminish swelling and redness in your face. Just make sure you carefully apply tea bags to your skin and avoid your eyes! And if the feeling of teabags grosses you out, you can also put the tea in a spray bottle and give yourself a spritz — as if you’re at a spa. This trick especially helps with acne and inflammation.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop full of health benefits, peppermint tea is the way to go.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.