Tea latte // hibiscus mint x ginger has been my new muse these days. It is super simple to make and oh so lush to enjoy. If you have been following along on my recipes I love to always add the extra digestive and nutrient benefits. Therefore let me introduce you to our dear friends…. Mint, Ginger & Ashwagandha.
Benefits of Mint:
1. It can help with tummy troubles.
Peppermint oil has been linked to reducing pain, stomach upset, and other symptoms
of IBS, largely because of the anti-spasmodic effects of methanol found in the stuff. That said, most of these benefits have been seen in capsule form — not food — so check with your doc before starting any supplement regimen. Regardless, the soothing properties of peppermint tea may lend a hand in addition to helping you stay hydrated (and warm!) during dry winter months.
2. It's anti-inflammatory.
Like other plant-based foods (veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and 100% whole grains), mint contains phytonutrients with antioxidant-like properties, which may reduce cellular damage caused by oxidative stress. What's more, the primary anti-inflammatory compounds of mint may limit the initiation of chronic inflammation.
And since one food can't exactly undo the effects of an otherwise poor-quality diet: Use mint for cooking and flavoring with veggie-heavy, plant-based meals and snacks — not solely for health benefits.
3. It's got immune-boosting benefits.
In addition to its antioxidant activities, 1/4 cup of flavorful spearmint provides nearly half of your daily needs of vitamin A. The plant-based form of the vitamin helps protect your cells from damage by scavenging free radicals that can cause damage to organ tissue, helping reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Another possible benefit: Compounds found in peppermint leaves have been linked to inhibiting enzymes that promote tumors.
4. It may help protect against harmful bacteria.
Some research has linked the anti-bacterial compounds in mint's essential oils — carvone and limonene — to helping reduce your risk of potentially harmful bacteria, both the type found in affected food and within your GI tract. What's more, some early research has linked these compounds to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness when used in food storage and preservation. Generally, the wide array of immune-protecting nutrients found in different types of herbs and spices (including mint!) have been studied for their possible benefits in protecting our immune systems from disease-causing disruption, but with that in mind: More research still needs to be done to fully evaluate how impactful these substances are on protecting immunity. For now, adding mint to meals and snacks shouldn't replace any of your current food safety practices, but they may enhance them!
Benefits of Ginger:
- It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely related to turmeric cardamom, and galangal.
- Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine.
- It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
(sources from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section1)
Benefits of Ashwagandha:
- It's an Ancient Medicinal Herb
- It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
- It Has Anti-Cancer Properties
- It Can Reduce Cortisol Levels
- It May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety
- It May Reduce Symptoms of Depression
(sourced from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-ashwagandha-benefits#section8)
This post is not sponsored just love the brands Pique and Moondeli.
- If you don’t have vanilla powder - just use vanilla extract.
- Feel free to use freshly grated ginger root or ginger root powder If you don’t have Moondeli’s calming adaptogen blend.
- I used almond milk but you can always use any milk of your choice.
- Use promo code LAGUNAMOON for 15% off first Moondeli order..
- 1 Pique Hibiscus Mint Tea Packet
- 1/2 Teaspoon Moondeli Calming Adaptogen (or sub ginger & Ashwagandha powder)
- 1 Teaspoon fresh mint leaves (optional)
- 8 Ounces filtered water
- 1/4 Cup steamed almond milk
- 1/4 Teaspoon vanilla powder
- heat up your water
heat up 8 oz of water and pour in your Pique tea packet – it will dissolve right away – on the warm up your almond milk and when done froth.
optional to pour an extra packet into almond milk for extra taste – add in your ginger powder and froth. ENJOY!