Peppermint has been grown for centuries, and has been traced back to Ancient Rome, Greece, maybe even Egypt. It is still popular today as an ingredient in candies, toothpaste, gum, and tea, both for its refreshing flavour and its many health benefits. Westpoint carries both organic and conventional peppermint leaves, loose and in teabags.
Because of its calming effect on the muscles of the stomach, peppermint has been used to effectively treat problems such as indigestion and bloating. Peppermint leaves can also be used directly on the skin to soothe insect bites and stings.
Drinking peppermint tea is also a great way to stay awake and focused on a sunny summer afternoon without relying on caffeine to do the job. Aromatherapists use its invigorating scent to keep the body relaxed and the brain alert. In hot weather it can be enjoyed hot or iced, or even frozen into popsicles!
Organic Peppermint Popsicles
Makes 8 popsicles
2 cups water
1-2 tbsp Westpoint Naturals Organic Cane Sugar
2 tbsp Westpoint Naturals Organic Peppermint
- Bring water to a boil.
- Place peppermint in a tea ball and steep for 10 minutes.
- Add sugar to taste while water is still hot. Stir until it is completely dissolved.
- Let cool, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.