Peppermint herb tea is a naturally caffeine-free tea which is a tisane infusion of peppermint, meaning that it is actually made from anything but the leaves of the tea bush. Peppermint is a mix between spearmint and watermint and has quite a high menthol content; it also goes well if you mix it with other herbal teas or even non-herbal teas. It has a very strong aroma, as well as flavor of mint because of its high menthol content. Peppermint herb tea is also versatile, which is one of the reasons it is quite popular, since it can be drunk either hot or cold. Though peppermint herb tea can be enjoyed at any time during the day, you will get extra benefits if you drink it before bedtime.
You have a greater chance of falling asleep if you are actually relaxed when your head hits the pillow, so drinking peppermint herb tea before bed is a great way to prepare yourself for a restive night of good, sound sleep. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you may want to try peppermint her tea for that reason alone; it has been shown to battle sleep deprivation quite effectively, which ties in to its overall benefit of helping to relax you for sleep. Stress, too, can be an inhibitor of sleep since tension, and tightness in your muscles make it harder to fall asleep. Drinking herb tea just before bed can be an easy and proven way to release the tension in your muscles, thereby allowing for a quicker path to restful sleep.
Soothing of Your Stomach
Drinking peppermint herb tea before bed can also lead to benefits for your stomach. If you have ever experienced any of the following--stomach aches, stomach pains, stomach cramps or diarrhea--you should have tried to soothe your stomach with peppermint herb tea. Anything that upsets your stomach is a hindrance to getting a good night's sleep, yet just a cup of this tea should settle your stomach just fine so you can get on with the business of sleep.
Often called the "stomach healer," peppermint herb tea also helps in the promotion of good digestion while also cutting down on heartburn. If you are trying to fall asleep and you ate dinner only a couple of hours before, you may experience heartburn, which will distract you from falling asleep. Again, just a cup of peppermint herb tea can help a great deal.
Immune System Benefits
Those times in the year when you are sick and falling asleep is hardly an option, you may wish you had drunk peppermint tea before bed more often. The reason is that peppermint herb tea acts as a great preventative force against catching the common cold or, worse, the flu. This kind of tea comes with good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all useful agents in the fight against colds and flus.