Brazilian Mint Tea Kills Pain
It's as effective as an aspirin-type drug
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:07 AM CST
A typical cup of mint tea-- likely tastier than the Brazilian pain-relieving tea.   (?alex.lines)

(Newser) – Traditional Brazilian healers who used indigenous mint to relieve headaches and stomach pain were onto something, say researchers who found the mint tea is as effective a pain reliever as aspirin-type medication. But this isn't just any mint tea: The leaves of a Brazilian mint variety are boiled for 30 minutes and cooled into a strong drink. The sage-like taste, a researcher tells the BBC, is "not that nice, really, but then medicine isn't supposed to be nice, is it?"