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Moringa Mint- An Underrated Brew

We all love the conventional types of teas. Black tea, green tea, and even some herbal teas are pretty popular worldwide. But have you ever tried using Moringa leaves? Honestly speaking, before writing this, I hadn’t either! But these amazing leaves are actually pretty interesting once we look at their health benefits. 

An amazing way of incorporating moringa into tea is to combine it with mints. The Moringa Mint does just that. Therefore, spearmint and peppermint come together to complement this green goodness and enhance the experience. 

Moringa Leaves come from the Moringa Olifeira, commonly called the drumstick tree. For ages, people around the world have been using these leaves as traditional herbal medicine. This tree grows really fast, and these leaves are very beneficial.

The Moringa Mint tea comprises Moringa leaves, spearmint, and peppermint. Let’s dive deeper into each of them.

Moringa Leaves

leaves of moringa tree in daylight
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Moringa May Reduce the Risk of Cancer

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the entire world. It is better to prevent it when we have the chance. Moringa is said to have potential therapeutic effects to fight cancer. 

In a study conducted in 2011, Moringa oleifera displayed chemopreventive properties. A high dose of (6%) boiled Moringa oleifera caused tumour incidence and multiplicity to decrease. 

Due to the presence of compounds called niazimicin and glucomoringin, the inhibition of tumour cell proliferation was observed. The seed extract showed activity against several different cancer cell lines (lung, liver, colon, and neuroblastoma).

Moringa May Help Reduce Anxiety

Moringa oleifera has been used as a traditional medicine for a long time. Sources indicate that moringa oleifera could be used as a potential treatment for anxiety.

Authors from the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) suggest that fresh Moringa leaves in dried form are very suitable and beneficial for consumption.

Researchers from the Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences (AM&HS)  suggest that Moringa oleifera has anxiolytic properties. They speculate that this can be due to its modulating role on the above neurotransmitters or due to its antioxidant property. 

Another study, involving Swiss albino mice revealed that combined administration of MOE with low doses of fluoxetine, or other SSRI drugs seem to have promising potential in fighting anxiety.  

Moringa Helps Maintain Blood Pressure

As we get older, we must keep a check on things like blood pressure and sugar levels. Moringa may help in controlling blood pressure. 

Due to the presence of compounds named isothiocyanate and niaziminin, moringa may reduce the risk of hypertension, since these components help in stopping arteries from thickening. 

A study involving 10 males with hypertension revealed interesting results. The researchers gave 150 ml of Moringa oleifera leaf juice to the patients. They did this two times a day, for a period of 30 days. The researchers observed a drastic reduction in the systolic and diastolic blood pressures of the subjects. 

Moringa Helps Cure Sore Throat

According to the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Moringa has been used as a traditional medicine around the world for sore throats. Apart from all the other amazing benefits, moringa also offers benefits that span several disciplines such as botany, chemistry, and pharmacology.

In studies involving both living organisms and test-tube experiments, researchers have demonstrated the wound healing property of Moringa Olifeira. However, we need more research on this subject to open the direct application of this property. 

Moringa is Filled with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are essential to our bodies. They protect us from the damage caused due to free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which can result in chronic ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Moringa were tested on markers of oxidative stress, its toxicity evaluation, and correlation with antioxidant properties in a study.

In fact, Moringa oleifera has shown antioxidant activity in both test-tube experiments and experiments on living organisms 

It also contains a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. It may help in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive subjects. 

Moringa is Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is a protection mechanism of our body, which activates when we are injured. This process can be harmful if it does not stop for a long time. In tests done in test tubes and on living beings, Moringa has shown anti-inflammatory properties. 

A study done in 2010 indicated that the Moringa possessed anti-inflammatory properties against CCl4-induced liver damage and fibrosis. 

Similarly, research from the National Library of Medicine states that isothiocyanates are the prominent anti-inflammatory compounds in moringa seeds, leaves, and pods.

Moringa is also Anti-Diabetic

Hyperglycemia refers to increased levels of sugar, or glucose, in the blood.

It is the main cause of diabetes, which can be a major problem if not prevented early. High blood sugar may also lead to other serious health problems, including heart disease.

Studies suggest that the anti-diabetic nature of moringa is considerably prominent. These leaves may lead to reduced blood sugar levels. 

Similarly, another small study on six people indicated that adding 50 grams of Moringa leaves to the diet decreased the rise in blood sugar levels by 21%. 

Spearmint Leaves

A twig of spearmint plant with spearmint leaves for demonstration.
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Also known as the “garden mint”, this minty herb contains aromatic oil, called the oil of spearmint. It is used as a flavouring and sometimes as a scent. This oil is one of the main reasons behind the various health benefits of spearmint, such as:

Spearmint Helps with Weight Management

Research has suggested that spearmint may help in managing weight and preventing obesity. It is not some magical herb, but it can aid in a healthy diet, a balanced lifestyle, and ideal weight.

Spearmint tea may act as a catalyst in your weight loss journey. It may act as a potential treatment for obesity, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Also, tea made with spearmint is very low in calories, meaning it won’t add much to your daily intake.

Spearmint May help Reduce Stress

Mental health is a very serious issue, especially in today’s world. We often ignore it as a society. We need natural ways to take care of our mental health.

Spearmint tea may help in relaxing your nerves and reducing stress. It is a natural anti-stress agent and helps you keep calm in stressful situations. In some South American countries, people have traditionally used spearmint as a remedy for stress and insomnia.

Recently in a lab study, scientists gave spearmint extract to rats for observing any potential changes. The results indicated decreased anxiety and improved sleep. Spearmint leaves contain menthol, which is famous for its relaxing properties.

Spearmint may help Maintain Blood Sugar Levels

Research suggests that spearmint tea may help lower blood sugar in some diabetes patients. There have not been any extensive human studies on the matter. But, studies on rats with diabetes have shown lower blood sugar levels when given spearmint.

In a lab study that having healthy and diabetic rats, the researchers gave spearmint extract to the rats every day. Compared to the healthy rats, the diabetic rats displayed lower levels of blood sugar.

In another study, the researchers gave 300 mg (per kg of body weight) of spearmint extract to diabetic rats daily for 21 days. The study reported a 25% reduction in blood sugar.

Spearmint may help in Dealing with PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance in women. PCOS makes women produce amounts of male hormones that are considered more than normal. This happens due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Women suffering from PCOS often report symptoms like irregular periods, excessive hair growth on the face, chest, back, or buttocks, hair loss, and acne.

Spearmint tea may help with PCOS. It has an anti-androgenic effect that results in a significant decrease in testosterone levels that may help in the treatment of PCOS.

In a 30-day study, 42 women with PCOS were given spearmint tea twice a day. Compared to the control group, these women showed lower testosterone levels. Similar results were found in another study, which was conducted on 12 women with PCOS.  In a different study, researchers gave spearmint tea to women with facial hair twice a day for 30 days. The results reported a significant reduction in facial hair.  

Spearmint may Improve Memory

Wouldn’t it be great if chugging on tea helped improve how our brain functions? Well, it’s not far from possible! Spearmint can help improve brain function by boosting memory.

Spearmint has neuroprotective properties. It increases neurotransmitter levels, protects neurons, and promotes neural growth. The chemical analysis says that spearmint may help in improving memory and treating memory-related ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease.

A study tested mice’s memory by making them pass a maze test. After giving them some spearmint extract, the mice experienced improved learning and memory. Similarly, in a more recent study, scientists gave supplements containing 900 mg of spearmint extract to some older adults with memory impairment. The results showed a 15% improvement in working memory.

Spearmint has Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that help protect our bodies from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. These are harmful molecules that might cause oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress can lead to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Foods rich in antioxidants are very useful in preventing chronic diseases caused by oxidative stress. As mentioned above, oxidative stress is a medical condition. The free radicals that damage our skin can result in oxidative stress.

Spearmint has a lot of antioxidants. The most prominent ones are rosmarinic acid, flavones and flavanones like limonene and menthol. Antioxidants are also responsible for the memory-boosting and neuroprotective properties of spearmint.

Peppermint Leaves

A top-view shot of a bowl filled with peppermint leaves.
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Compared to spearmint which has only 1% on menthol, peppermint has a whopping 40%. It adds a more intense “minty” flavour to the Cool Green Ocean. Peppermint also offers a lot of benefits, such as:

Peppermint may Improve Oral Health

Popularly used for flavouring candies and breath mints, peppermint has a pleasant minty taste. In fact, this fresh mint is not just good for taste, but for your oral hygiene as well. 

A study has reported that peppermint oil shows antibacterial activity that restricts the rapid growth of a bacteria called staphylococcus. In another study, test subjects who were given peppermint, tea tree, and lemon oils demonstrated improved breath.

The cooling properties of peppermint can effectively soothe tooth and muscle aches. Peppermint helps fight off oral pathogens and kills common bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease. This is the reason why peppermint can be found as a prominent ingredient in most kinds of toothpaste, gums, and several kinds of mouthwash.

Peppermint may Improve Digestion

Peppermint may prove useful in treating digestive ailments such as bloating and indigestion.  It also has a relaxing effect on the intestinal smooth muscle.

Studies conducted on animals indicate that essential oils present in peppermint help relax the digestive tissues. It also prevents smooth muscle contraction and spasms.  

A different series of studies conducted on children revealed that peppermint significantly reduced the duration, frequency, and severity of abdominal pain. Include peppermint in your diet and keep those stomach ailments at bay!

Peppermint may help treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is actually a very common intestinal disorder, that consists of symptoms like diarrhoea, constipation, and stomach pain. Although IBS cannot be cured, you can avoid the symptoms by managing their diet and lifestyle. Some may need medication.

Research has reported results based on a series of studies done on 926 people. The researchers treated the test subjects were with peppermint oil for two weeks. The results showed significantly better symptom relief among the subjects.

Another study done on 72 people who suffered from IBS gave similar results. The consumption of peppermint oil capsules reduced the symptoms of IBS by 40% after 4 weeks.

Peppermint is Anti-Viral

Currently, we face new strains of viruses that are getting difficult to fight. So, incorporating antiviral foods into our diet has become a necessity. In fact, peppermint can help here. The essential oils present in peppermint have two main components-menthol and menthone. Research (in vitro) has suggested that peppermint has significant antiviral effects. 

This antiviral property of peppermint may even have a direct effect on our respiratory system and its health. To summarize, it may help with problems in the respiratory tract, nasal tract, and coughing reflexes. 

The Takeaway

In conclusion, go ahead and try this amazing brew, filled with all the goodness of Moringa and the mints. Ono Teas believes in conserving your health and creating a pleasurable experience at the same time. So, treat yourself to a fresh cup of Moringa Mint, sit back, relax, and stay safe!

If you liked Moringa Mint, make sure you check out our other teas, such as Chamomile Mint and Spearmint PCOD Tea from our Women’s Wellness Collection.

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Make Chamomile Mint Tea Your Summer Drink

Chamomile mint tea

White, natural, not racist, Chamomile flower stands tall today among humans. It is blissful to look at and even more blissful to consume. Chamomile is a flowering herb that has known to be humanity’s kin since a long time for recreation and healing. It is one of those flowers in nature that has no intention but to offer. On the other hand, we have mint. The word itself invites a cold breeze and a feeling of refreshment because we all are familiar with how mint works. Be it drinks, or tea or herbal potions, mint just like chamomile has always been a friend too. You can only imagine the magic when both come together in the form of Chamomile mint tea.

 

“When all is mellow and peaceful, you know it’s a chamomile world.”

 

Chamomile mint tea

 

Chamomile

The use of chamomile as tea goes back to ancient Egypt. There, it was served as a remedy for cough and cold. There are two types of chamomile – German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. Humans have always sought out healing and recreation from nature, in the form of herbs. These herbs serve myriad purposes, including healing, recreation and fostering of spiritual wisdom. Chamomile too heals an individual by routine use. In fact, it has always been known as an excellent healing herb, both traditionally and non-traditionally.

 

Chamomile mint tea

 

Mint

Known in India as Pudina, mint has always been used as a stomach appetizer or to make rejuvenating drinks. Its primary applications are:

  • Treating stomach issues or sudden chest aches
  • Used a component in aromatic and essential oil therapies
  • Used as a constituent in lime juices and fresh fruit juices in the summer
  • Soothing health discomforts through use as a paste, by adding it to bathing water, by brewing it with water, etc.
  • As a mouth freshener in the summer for its refreshingly cool flavour, providing relief to the oesophagus

All in all, it’s a super balance of health and taste.

 

Chamomile? Mint? Chamomile mint tea?

When you get two blessed herbs from nature, what you can imagine is a significant relief. Ono Teas has leveraged this benefit from nature to bring you Chamomile Mint. Make this tea your super drink for the summer.

Summer is an open invitation to extreme heat, humidity, and pathogens. Therefore, it is necessary to safeguard internal as well as external balance. This hot season, it is common to come across fatigue, indigestion, hyperthermia, loss of appetite, dehydration, viral flu, and food poisoning. Why not combat these by taking the preventive route?

Chamomile and mint, in combination, form an herbal drink that cleans, heals and soothes your entire system. Chamomile mint tea for summer afternoons is the perfect way to combat the heat. This tea, when consumed warm during extreme heat relaxes you like no other drink. Find hard to believe? But, it’s true! You already have an overview of the benefits of both the herbs above. Now, let’s take a deep dive into the combined benefits that this tea offers.

 

Aids digestion

Chamomile mint tea is super aid for digestion. In this fast and junk-food-laden lifestyle, it is common to come across digestive and bowel problems. Chamomile and mint both have essentials, such as anti-inflammatory enzymes and menthol. These elements help the natural breakdown of food and regulate bowel movements. Chamomile mint tea is also diuretic, making sure that you stay hydrated during extreme summer heats. All in one, you control your digestion, metabolism, flush out toxins, and shed your weight.

 

Anti-inflammatory in nature

Chamomile mint tea is perfect for ladies who suffer from extreme menstrual cramps. Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties and mint’s antispasmodic benefits help relieve the uterus muscles from their repeated contraction/expansion. This tea also acts as a natural pain killer, as both the individual herbs have anti-inflammatory properties. It also alleviates extreme osteoporosis. But, it is important to note that you cannot replace this tea with your prescribed medicines.

 

Safeguards immunity

During summer, the heat and humidity invite a lot of pathogens. And, when you drink ice-cold beverages or juices from the street, you put your health at the pathogen’s behest. That’s where Chamomile mint tea plays its role. Once you introduce it into your routine, you have your answer to all your worries in a teacup. The phenolic compounds in Chamomile and the antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral properties and oils in mint, help to strengthen immunity.

 

Induces sleep

Drinking Chamomile mint tea in summer helps you relax and calm down. Medical science recognises Chamomile as a mild tranquilizer, which causes sleep. People who have insomnia and irregular sleep patterns always put themselves at risk of stress and anxiety bursts. Chamomile increases the levels of serotonin and melatonin.. Thus, it puts buries stress and anxiety in the ground. Mint indirectly aids your sleep pattern by improving your digestion and balancing out your body temperatures. Chamomile mint tea also has many possibilities of preventing life-threatening health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

 

Chamomile mint tea

 

Recipes

Sweet lemon chamomile mint tea

  • Take 1 tsp Ono Teas Chamomile mint tea and brew it for 3-3.5 minutes.
  • Pour some lemon extract/juice along with honey in your teacup.
  • Strain the brew and add it to your teacup.
  • Serve hot.

 

Iced Chamomile mint tea with fresh lemon

  • Brew Ono Teas Chamomile mint tea in water.
  • Strain it and let it cool.
  • Pour the tea onto the ice cubes and squeeze some lime into it.
  • For taste, add honey or stevia sweetener.

 

To conclude

So this summer, break out of your notions. Instead of the usual iced tea to escape the all-around summer heat try Chamomile mint tea. Ono Teas offers a wide-ranging variety of herbal teas to revitalise you. So this summer, give Chamomile mint tea a try. It promises you nothing less than an aromatic, therapeutic, delicious, and refreshing experience with every cup. Summer teas never got this better! Ever!

 

 

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References/Additional Reading

Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future

Pharmacological and therapeutic effects of Mentha Longifolia L. and its main constituent, menthol

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Melatonin Natural Health Products and Supplements: Presence of Serotonin and Significant Variability of Melatonin Content

Updates on Nutraceutical Sleep Therapeutics and Investigational Research

Clinical applications of herbal medicines for anxiety and insomnia; targeting patients with bipolar disorder

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