Ginger & Peppermint tea

With this week’s glorious weather, I have been pottering about in my gardenIt’s so exciting to see the new leaf buds and spring flowers popping out. I planted out some ginger for this season and trimmed back the unruly peppermint. With the offcuts I made a lovely refreshing tea Peppermint and ginger are well renowned to assist with the common side effects of pregnancy like nausea, bloating, fatigue and hot flushes. Considered safe in pregnancy they can be uses in a multitude of ways. 

Ginger Zingiber officinale has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of numerous ailments, such as indigestion, colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. 

Ginger is a member of a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric. The presence of ketonesin particular gingerolsgives ginger its distinct spicy aroma. The main portion of ginger that is consumed is the rhizome, which is the horizontal stem from which the roots growGinger’s current name comes from the Middle English gingivere, but this spice dates back over 3000 years to the Sanskrit word srngaveram, meaning “horn root,” based on its appearance. 

Peppermint – mentha × piperita is an aromatic herb in the mint family. It’s a hybrid mint that’s a cross between spearmint and watermint. It can be found naturally in North America and Europe. Peppermint has been used for thousands of years as a popular traditional remedy for treating a number of conditions including: flatulence, menstrual pains, diarrhoea, nausea, depression-related anxiety, muscle and nerve pain, the common cold, indigestion, and IBS. Peppermint leaves contain several essential oils including menthol, menthone and limonene.  Menthol gives peppermint its cooling properties and recognizably minty scent. The intense refreshing flavour of this herb makes it an ideal pick me up

Ginger & Peppermint Tea recipe

Teaspoon fresh ginger root finely chopped
♥ Teaspoons peppermint leaves finely chopped
♥ 250ml Boiled water (not boiling – leave for 5 min         

      to settle)

♥ Honey as desired to sweeten
♥ Seep for desired strength
♥ Enjoy ?

It can be drunk as an iced tea as well simply follow the steps above, put in fridge to cool then add ice or make a stronger batch and add some fizzed water.

Enjoy Shelly – Thyme for you perinatal care

Disclaimer: This information is concerned with the fresh herb not the essential oils. Please consult your care provider before taking any medication. Stop consumption of the tea if any side affects occur. This information is not to be considered medical advice and should be used with discretion.