Wondering how Moroccan mint tea benefits the skin? And the rest of the body? AND your mental health?
Let me put it this way: It rarely gets hotter than summer in Morocco, where average temperatures cross the 40°C (104°F) mark with scorching regularity.
Add in the dry, dusty desert winds and you have an oven of a country, where even the most powerful air conditioners struggle against the forces of nature.
So how is it that you see people sitting and sipping HOT tea everywhere in Morocco, all through the day? Surely, no mere mortal could be that immune to the heat — even with some sizzling genetics thrown into the mix?
They are definitely not immune. It’s actually the Moroccan mint tea’s benefits that bolster their mind, body and soul against the heat.
Mint, you see, is something of a wonder herb. It is superb at cooling down the body and there’s a whole science behind it.
Menthol, a key component in mint, binds with our body’s cold-sensitive receptors to trick our brain into actually feeling a cold sensation and raising its defences against the heat.
Plus, these green sprigs also act as a powerful antioxidant, soothe an upset stomach, relieve heartburn, boost mental performance and promotes focus.
They also loosen congestion, break up coughs, chase away bad breath, inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus, help with nasal allergies, cleanse the blood and clear up skin disorders (like acne).
Add in all the already-established benefits of green tea and you have a potent blend that’s not only unusually cooling but also packed with enough health and beauty benefits to have me chasing up the best Moroccan mint tea recipe that can be recreated outside of Morocco.
Fortunately, it’s a pretty simple task. All you need is a handful of mint leaves (fresh spearmint works best but any garden variety will do the job), some green tea (gunpowder green tea holds up best against the assertive flavours of mint but any green tea will work) and the sweetener of your choice.
All set? Here’s how you go about making the best Moroccan mint tea for your health, beauty and body temperature!
Moroccan mint tea: Ingredients2 tbsp loose green tea (or 3 green tea bags) 3/4 cup mint leaves sugar to taste (traditionally it’s sugar but you can use Stevia or honey) 6 cups water
How to make Moroccan mint tea
1. Bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, add the mint and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
2. Return the water to a boil, turn heat to lowest setting, then add the green tea and sweetener (I normally use 2 teaspoons of brown sugar). Allow everything to lightly simmer for no more than 3 minutes as green tea becomes bitter when steeped too long.
3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the biggest leaves and check the sweetness – simply stir in more sweetener, if needed.
4. Serve into tall and narrow glasses (or short shot glasses) and garnish with a sprig of mint — then sip, repeat and chill out.
5. And if hot tea is completely not your thing, make iced Moroccan mint tea by refrigerating until cold or pouring cooled tea over ice.
PS: If you are feeling exceptionally Moroccan, pour the tea from as high as you can manage (I am currently topping 12 inches after a week’s practise!).
This creates the characteristically frothy top you will spot in authentic Moroccan mint tea. It also aerates the tea, creating a richer palate.
Ever since I discovered Moroccan mint tea, there is always a huge pitcher in my fridge and you will find me sipping on its icy coolness every couple of hours.
And this minted-and-sweetened brew has made me feel so good, it’s unbelievable.
No stomach upsets for one thing and even my annual summer-heat-induced acne is staying at bay. Plus, it tastes delicious. Try it once — and tell me whether you fell in love with the refreshing mintiness as well!
Have you ever tried Moroccan mint tea?