Heather's Tummy Tea Peppermint - Best for IBS Pain
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.
Today, the only peppermint tea specifically formulated for a high volatile oil content and medicinal strength for people with IBS is organic Heather's Tummy Tea.
Modern peppermint is actually a hybrid of water mint and spearmint, and has stronger medicinal properties than either of the two originating plants. Internally, peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, with a calming effect on the muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract, and uterus.
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, which are mediated, in part, through activation of kappa-opioid receptors, which help block pain signal transmission.
Peppermint tea is extremely useful for indigestion, GI cramps, and relieving IBS pain and gut spasms. It's actually the only thing I can tolerate drinking (or eating) while in the midst of a severe IBS attack. Small sips of very hot, extremely strong Peppermint Heather's Tummy Tea is the one thing that will help (and not hurt) me in that awful situation.
Peppermint is naturally caffeine-free, anti-bacterial, increases gastric juices, and relieves gas, nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness. 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, and has a calming, numbing effect on the entire GI tract.
I find peppermint to be the strongest anti-spasmodic and IBS pain reliever of all the Tummy Teas, and when an Irritable Bowel Syndrome attack hits I really appreciate its noticeable whole-body mild anesthetic effect as well. On a daily basis I find it more effective (and certainly more enjoyable) than prescription IBS anti-spasmodic drugs, particularly when it's brewed very strong.
In fact, peppermint is such a powerful muscle relaxant that it can trigger GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or heartburn in people who are susceptible. If you are prone to these upper GI problems, avoid mint and stick to Heather's Tummy Tea ~ Organic Fennel for IBS.
Brew Peppermint Tummy Tea with boiling water, but do not actually boil the herb in water as this can destroy its volatile oils, and thus its effectiveness.