Get a taste of Peru at HOA with our Peruvian mint tea! We will be serving it both hot and ice cold to soothe throat and body. Our mantra-based syllabus focuses on releasing blockages in the throat, so you may find some strain or discomfort in that area. Good news - Peruvian mint tea, also known as Muña, is able to provide some relief!
Muña (Minthostachys mollis) is an aromatic plant belonging to the Laminacee family, which is the same as Mint, Rosemary and Oregano. This plant is endemic in the Andes and can be found scattered in some areas along the cordillera. Muña is found in the south Andean mountain range of Junin, Ayacucho, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. It grows along mountain slopes, close to watercourses and cultivated fields between 2500 and 3800 meters above sea level. This shrub plays an important part in the traditions of the Andean communities, especially because of its versatility.
Muña was also used in the Incan Civilisation era to conserve potatoes and it can be used to repel plants from insects which could potentially damage the crops that grow in such altitudes. The contact of the tubers with the leaves of this plant reduces the risk of putrefaction or germination.
Muña is used as an ingredient in dishes such as the Chupes - an Andean stew, soups, or sauces. Many of the dishes are connected to the traditions of the Aymara populations, a community living along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Shihuayro, is one of the popular condiments prepared and used by Andean shepherds during transhumance.
Muña is also known for its nutritive qualities. It is high in calcium, iron content and has medicinal properties. It does not contained caffeine. The leaves when steeped into tea is a great remedy to soothe your throat, body temperature and digestion. Muña does not turn bitter or stale if you leave it out. Simply put it in the fridge and you'll have a refreshing ice minty tea for a hot sunny day.
Experience the healing powers of Pachamama, Mother Earth with our specially imported Peruvian mint tea, Muña. Enjoy a cuppa before or after your practice at HOA. Book your mat today!
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA