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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

History of peppermint tea


Peppermint is a favorite for many tea drinkers. It is one of humanity’s oldest and most loved herbs.

Peppermint’s origin are unknown, but the dried leaves have been found in the pyramids in Egypt, dating from as early as 1000 BC.

It didn’t become popular in Europe until about the eighteenth century. Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint that was first cultivated near London in1750.

Peppermint tea has a long history as a digestive aid and as a treatment for the symptoms of cough, colds and fever. It is indicated by records from Roman and Greek periods.

It was cultivated by ancient Egyptians for its volatile oils. The Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint as their feasts and used in their wines and sauces.

Its genus name, Mentha, is derived from Greek mythical nymph Mintha, who metamorphosed in this plant.

Ancient Arabs believed that peppermint works for better sex.
History of peppermint tea

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