This week's featured tea is Peppermint Soother. It was a runaway hit at my market stall last month and sells well for me online too.
Peppermint Soother contains peppermint, lemon balm (also known by the first half of its botanical name, melissa) and chamomile. I learned about this combination during my time at naturopathy school, where it was recommended for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. I could rabbit on about the beautiful synergy between these three herbs for ages. To keep things relatively short and sweet - not only do they each have specific benefits for the digestion (having aromatic and bitter digestive, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties for example) but they also work together to tone and soothe the nervous system. Stress plays a big role in IBS and many other digestive problems so you can see why this particular combination is ideal.
Enough with the naturopathic lecture already. It's good for you but it also tastes wonderful, with peppermint dominating and then a more subtle lemony-chamomile flavour. For best results in digestive upsets it should be drunk hot, but if you're just drinking it for fun (and why wouldn't you?) it is also lovely cold or at room temperature.
Next week: Rainforest