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Heather's Tummy Tea™ Organic Peppermint ~ Best for IBS spasms, pain & urgency
Heather's Tummy Tea™ ~ A Medical Food for the Dietary Management of IBS
Peppermint is a cooling, calming herb that, through dietary management, helps relieve the symptoms of IBS. Clinical studies have shown that peppermint is exceptionally beneficial for IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (it will not cause or worsen constipation). Heather's Tummy Tea™ is packed in very generous quantities because it is meant to be used daily as a medical food for IBS; brew a delicious cup of tea several times a day, every day, as part of your dietary management of IBS symptoms.
Heather's Tummy Tea™ ~ Organic Peppermint is unique because it is specially formulated to contain a very large leaf size and the highest possible volatile oil content (both factors are integral to the quality and potency of peppermint). We carefully select our peppermint from the most recent possible harvest date, it is processed for minimal volatile oil dissipation, and it is packed to stay as fresh as possible. It is the volatile oils in peppermint that make it so effective for the dietary management of IBS symptoms.
Our peppermint is certified organic and is guaranteed to be the freshest, strongest, and most delicious peppermint tea available! If you're used to drinking peppermint tea from store-bought tea bags, you'll find the difference in strength and taste of Heather's Tummy Tea™ nothing short of astonishing.The high potency and quality of Heather's Tummy Tea™ will be tremendously helpful for your gut, with a very noticeable soothing effect on your GI tract.
Menthol and methyl salicylate are the main active ingredients of peppermint. Internally, they have anti-spasmodic actions, with calming effects on the muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract, and uterus. They also have powerful analgesic (pain-killing) properties.
Peppermint is actually such a powerful smooth muscle relaxant that it may trigger heartburn in people who are susceptible. Individual tolerance levels for peppermint vary greatly among people who have both IBS and heartburn, so if you have severe reflux you may not be able to use peppermint in any form. Please tell your physician if you have heartburn or reflux before you use peppermint. If you are unable to tolerate peppermint, you can use Fennel Tummy Tea instead.
There is a world of difference between Heather's Tummy Teas and typical store brands. Typical peppermint tea brands are just meant to be enjoyed as a "nice hot cup of tea", for simple drinking pleasure. This is NOT the case with Heather's Tummy Teas.
Take a look at the pictures below and you can see the difference for yourself. Scroll down beneath the pictures for information about all the amazing ways Tummy Teas - both peppermint and fennel - give you the best quality and the best value!
Heather's Tummy Tea Fennel - 4.4 grams of tea per teabag
Cost: 6.5 cents per gram
Health food store brand fennel tea - 2.5 grams per teabag
Cost: 8.0 cents per gram
Heather's Tummy Tea Peppermint - 3.3 grams of tea per teabag
Cost: 9.9 cents per gram
Drug store brand peppermint tea - 1.5 grams of tea per teabag
Cost: 18.0 cents per gram
Health food store brand peppermint tea - 1.5 grams of tea per teabag
Cost: 19.0 cents per gram
Grocery store brand peppermint tea - 1.2 grams of tea per teabag
Cost: 17.0 cents per gram
Heather's Tummy Teas are clearly much less expensive than other store brands, but what about the quality? What make Peppermint Tummy Tea so special in that regard?
Heather's Peppermint Tummy Tea is sourced and specially produced for IBS-specific purposes and results, in several ways:
* Extremely high volatile oil levels. Why does this matter? Because the volatile oil is the component within the tea that yields the medicinal benefits. The higher the volatile oil level, the stronger the cup of tea, and the greater the benefit for IBS symptoms.
Our current peppermint crop has a volatile oil content of 2.95%. This is extreme - a percentage of 1.8% to 2.0% is considered high!
You can actually see the oil rising to the surface of the peppermint leaves in the field. This is what our farmers watch for so they know when to harvest the fields at the optimum volatile oil level. In the close up below, one of our peppermint plants has tiny little droplets of oil surfacing on its leaves, which are visible in the photo. When I was out in our fields last fall right before harvest, the whole expanse of peppermint looked like it was glistening. It was not only beautiful, but the smell and taste of the fresh leaves was more potent than I ever would have imagined.
Take a look at the pictures below and you can see for yourself!
Close Up of Volatile Oil Droplets on Our Peppermint Leaves
Our Gorgeous Organic Peppermint Fields Before Harvest!
* Very large leaf size (cut and sift grade, the largest cut available in the organic market). Other teabag brands use "teabag cut" herbs, which are very finely milled. This is so the tea will flow through teabag machines. But, the more finely you cut an herb, the more volatile oil is released and dissipated, and the weaker the final cup of brewed tea will be. (We actually customized our own teabag machines so that we could run large leaf peppermint through our machines.)
* Special jumbo-size teabags, which give an average of two to three times more tea per bag as other brands.
* USDA certified organic. This means, among other things, that our herbs are guaranteed free of: pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, GMO (genetically modified organisms), preservatives, additives, irradiation, and there is no animal testing.
Organic materials and processing are significantly more expensive. But, our tea prices are actually significantly less expensive than non-organic brands.
In addition, a comprehensive review of 97 published studies (published as the "State of Science Review" by The Organic Center) comparing the nutritional quality of organic and conventional foods has shown that organic plants contain higher levels of 8 of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of the health-promoting polyphenols and antioxidants. This review concluded that organically grown plants are 25% more nutrient dense, on average, than conventionally grown plants.
* Packed in very generous quantities, as this tea is meant to be used daily for IBS symptoms. We offer 36 Peppermint Tummy Teabags per canister. This is 3-4 times more teabags per container than other brands, which means you will have enough tea on hand to use it regularly, which is how it works best for IBS.
The end result? Peppermint Tummy Tea is exponentially stronger and more effective, and a better value, than other brands.
Peppermint Tummy Tea is the only brand of medicinal strength peppermint tea for IBS we're aware of, and one sip is all it takes to tell the difference.
It isn't enough to get a great value for your IBS treatments - you have to also get great results. For IBS pain, spasms, and cramps Peppermint Tummy Tea offers both.
Mint is one of the oldest of herbs. It was used by the ancient Assyrians, and was common to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who recognized its pain-killing properties. The mint-after-a meal custom in fact dates back to ancient Rome, and Pliny, the first-century Roman historian and scientist, included mint in his Natural History in 77 A.D. Mint was not used formally in medicine until the mid-18th century, but mint tea has been a favorite cure for indigestion since Biblical times. Modern peppermint is actually a hybrid of water mint and spearmint, and has stronger medicinal properties than either of the two originating plants.
Peppermint tea is extremely useful for IBS cramps and relieving painful abdominal spasms. Peppermint is anti-bacterial, increases gastric juices, and helps relieves gas and nausea. Peppermint also contains essential oils that stimulate the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. This makes Heather's Tummy Tea™ ~ Organic Peppermint a wonderful digestive aid for heavy meals. It also improves the function of the muscles that line the stomach and intestines, relieves diarrhea (it will not cause or worsen constipation), and has a calming, numbing effect on the entire GI tract.
I personally find peppermint to be the strongest IBS anti-spasmodic and pain reliever of all the Tummy Teas™, and I really appreciate its noticeable whole-body mild anesthetic effect, particularly when it's brewed very strong.
In fact, peppermint is such a powerful muscle relaxant that it can trigger heartburn in people who are susceptible. If you are prone to upper GI problems, choose the Peppermint Caps (which dissolve in the intestines, not the stomach) or Fennel Tummy Tea™ instead.
Brew Heather's Tummy Tea™ ~ Organic Peppermint just as you would brew tea bags or loose tea; for loose tea use any type of tea strainer, tea ball, or tea press. Brew with boiling water, but do not actually boil the teabags or loose tea in water as this can destroy its volatile oils, and thus its effectiveness. Peppermint tea (like all of Heather's Tummy Teas™) is naturally caffeine-free, as it does not contain any actual tea leaves (tea is a specific plant, even though other herbal drinks are commonly called "teas").
Peppermint tea can be sweetened with a little honey or plain sugar if you wish but I also think it's delicious plain. It can be chilled into iced tea, but remember that ice-cold beverages on an empty stomach can trigger GI spasms, whereas the heat in hot teas is in and of itself a muscle relaxant. The stronger the peppermint tea, the more pronounced its beneficial effects on your digestion, so don't be afraid to make a dark brew! Peppermint is classified as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA - there are no limitations on its use as a daily digestive aid.
"What does it mean that Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is certified organic?"
Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is certified organic and therefore uses:
* no pesticides
* no fertilizer
* no herbicides
* no GMO (genetically modified organisms)
* no preservatives
* no additives
* no irradiation
* no animal testing
Organic certification guarantees that our peppermint is harvested with:
* good ecology - enriched soil, less soil erosion
* harvested through farming which respects the environment
* traceability of each batch demonstrated from the fields to the customer
* organic certified farming/harvesting
* organic certified manufacturing and packaging
* USDA organic certified
* organic certified by Quality Assurance International
"Certified organic" refers to agricultural products that have been grown and processed according to strict uniform standards, verified annually by independent state or private organizations. These organizations' certifying seals are your guarantee that Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint has been third-party certified organic.
Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is certified organic right from the fields. After harvest, the peppermint is assigned its organic identification, which follows the peppermint through the entire packing and shipping process. This organic traceability is carried directly through to our customers by our certifying agency, Quality Assurance International. Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is also USDA organic certified.
"Is Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint kosher?"
Yes, Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is certified kosher. The certifying authority is the Va'ad Harabanim of Greater Seattle. Heather's Tummy Tea™ Peppermint is not kosher for Passover.
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* This product is a medical food for the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and is intended to be used under medical supervision.
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