Peppermint Patty is an excellent blend of organic cacao nibs, organic peppermint, and organic Bamboo Leaf Tea. It was originally inspired by my son who is a mint-aholic. 🙂 I love this tea mid-morning or mid-afternoon when I am feeling just a bit of a dip and am starting to eye up the cookies or other sweets in sight. It has a wonderful light chocolate flavor with a minty freshness that perks you up and inspires you to new levels. So I thought I would get into a bit of the awesome benefits that this tea has by breaking down it’s components. I won’t go into the details of bamboo since you can read about that in other articles or check out my you tube videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QrMcdPqPNc or Bamboo Leaf Tea on You Tube.
Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium which most people are deficient in. Magnesium is necessary to build bones which makes this tea an excellent bone healer and builder. And don’t forget the teeth they also benefit greatly by silica and magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer thus improving the cardiovascular system and aiding in muscle tension. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, 10 times that of red wine, green tea, and blueberries. Cacao also contains phenethylamines and anandamide which aid in focus and concentration as well as feelings of love and pleasure. Wow what a combination!
Cacao also contains chromium a trace mineral that aids in regulating blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity. This is another mineral that 80% of the population is deficient in so it is really important if you are struggling with blood sugar levels. Chromium also decreases bad cholesterol levels while increasing the good cholesterol. So huge benefits to the cardiovascular system!
Cacao also contains zinc. Women who are on hormone replacement therapy or take birth control pills are likely to be zinc deficient. Zinc is important for reproductive health and fertility as well as overall energy levels. It also is important for brain function and has been shown to benefit those who struggle with ADHD.
Mint is one of the longest used herbs used even before the Greeks and the Romans. It well known for it’s digestive benefits. It relaxes the digestive system and stimulates digestive enzymes. This really helps those that store tension in their stomach. Mint can relieve the pain as well as prevent it. The essential oil was often sprinkled on the table prior to a meal by ancient Greeks.
Mint is excellent for nausea and headaches as well as relieving sinus congestion. Mint also is anti-inflammatory and can work both topically and internally.
This tea is excellent as a foot bath especially for those who suffer from swollen feet. The combination of silica from the bamboo, magnesium from the cacao, and mint would make an excellent relief for any muscle tension as well. Simply make the hot tea and use a washcloth to apply it to the affected area or place several tea bags in the bath tub for an overall body tonic.
So whether are looking for a supplement for your bones and teeth or relief for muscle tension, a digestive aid or help with regulating blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels or an overall feeling of wellbeing this is the tea to perk up your afternoons or wake you up in the morning. Enjoy!
May the strength and flexibility of bamboo be pervasive in all aspects of your life.