One of the first types of tea I was given by my mother when I was a child was peppermint tea, I used to suffer from stomach aches when I was younger and in Jamaica we used it as a folk remedy to help ease the pain. When we moved to the UK in 1993 I recall a time when I had a very sore stomach my mum gave me peppermint tea and she had taken me to the doctor, back then they didn’t seem to know about its benefits and the doctor told my mother not to give me “that type of tea anymore”. Since then it has been prescribed for many ailments and is a wonderful plant to have in your kitchen cupboard or your garden (fresh mint smells amazing!)
Recent studies have shown that when used as a “tea bath” the antioxidants and antimicrobial properties found in tea help to alleviate certain skin conditions. The nutrients can be absorbed quicker through the skin than through drinking it.