How is peppermint tea supposed to soothe stomach issues when it makes you want to hurl? The logic is lacking, I assure you.
For those of you who do not know, peppermint tea is touted as a great natural remedy for certain stomach ailments, including bloating, gas, and constipation. According to the information I’ve read, archeological evidence has shown peppermint has been used as a medicine and supplement for over 10,000 years, and even today, peppermint oil is used by some medical professionals to soothe symptoms associated with intestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Leading to my discovery that peppermint tea might not be all it’s cracked up to be taste wise was an upset stomach. A friend told me about the benefits of the tea and I decided to try it. I love those peppermint hard candies. Delicious little treats, but I limit how many of those I consume. With my love for the candy, which states on the package is made from real peppermint oil, I thought the tea would be a win-win: ease my stomach and be completely delicious to drink. Have you ever been wrong? Well, it’s happened to me.
I stood corrected (while sitting) with one sip. That tasted less like a delicious treat and more like a nasty trick. You know the one I’m talking about. Your friend says, “Here try this. It’s delicious.” And, then, they smile. You may know better, but you try it anyway. For the next 10 minutes you’re cursing the day you two met. Afterwards, you laugh it off and try it on an unsuspecting third friend. That’s a nasty trick.
It hasn’t gotten any better as the days pass. I’m trying to drink a cup a day to get used to the taste. I do mean trying, because the first sip is pure willpower and the last sip is pure agony. Why am I tormenting myself? I do believe it has good health benefits: relieve stress, improve sleep, increase focus and concentration, sinus relief, boost estrogen levels, and if all that wasn’t enough, it can help you lose weight. If I can get used to the taste, I need all those benefits.
I’m drinking some as I write this and it’s nasty. I’m tempted to add some honey to it. However, I’d rather not add sweetener of any kind.
That’s a slippery slop – adding sweeteners to make stuff tolerable. It took me about six months to slowly reduce the sugar in sweet tea until I could drink it unsweet-ened. I would eventually cut out tea altogether, making that six-month attempt a complete waste of time. Oh, well. What’s done cannot be undone.
Seriously folks, I’ve taken liquid medication that tastes better. My sweet little peppermint candies should have a bigger emphasis on the word “candy” so people don’t make the same mistake I did in thinking the peppermint candies are the same as the tea. It definitely is not.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.