Peppermint Tea health benefits includes immunity booster, relieving stress, fighting inflammation, relieving nausea, support weight loss, relieving headaches, ensuring focus, clearing skin and supporting healthy digestion. Other benefits includes detoxifying the body, curing bad breath and balancing pH level.
Peppermint Tea Nutrition
Peppermint tea contains about one calorie per serving, and does not have any fat, carbohydrates or protein. Still, it contains many nutrients, including calcium, magnesium and potassium. Peppermint tea also has small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Peppermint tea is generally considered safe, but should not be used if you have a hiatal hernia or acute gallstones.
Benefits of Peppermint Tea
1. Boosts Immune System
Peppermint has antibacterial properties that help fight off disease causing illnesses and further improves immunity system. The traces of potassium, vitamin B and various antioxidants help the body function in a healthy way.
2. Improves Mental Clarity
Peppermint tea has been shown to improve brain function by making you more mentally alert (despite being naturally caffeine-free), improving memory retrieval, and reducing stress. It’s been shown to help commuters drive more safely (its calming effect may reduce traffic-related frustration) and to ease anxiety in test-takers.
3. Immunity Booster
Peppermint tea is antimicrobial; this means that it helps fight infections and viral illnesses. It strengthens the body from within to ensure it is not affected by infectious and viral diseases. Seasonal diseases such as flu, cold and fever affect the immune system severely and cause fatigue. Peppermint tea can help calm these symptoms greatly, enhancing your immunity.
4. Anti-Helicobacter Pylori Activity
Research led by Israel Castillo-Juárez et al. to study the effects of medicinal herbs on Helicobacter pylori suggests that peppermint exhibits inhibitory effects and may help in giving relief from gastrointestinal disorders.
5. It helps relieve headaches
Menthol, an active ingredient in peppermint, has been shown to be a safe and effective remedy for headaches and migraines. In addition to peppermint tea, try applying peppermint essential oil to your temples and forehead for relief.
If you are an insomniac, peppermint tea is the perfect bet for you. For a restful and sound sleep, drink caffeine free peppermint tea that also acts as a muscle relaxant and helps you sleep peacefully. Dr. Simran recommends a cup of peppermint tea at night to people who sleep late.
7. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Based on an animal study, peppermint may help prevent dyslipidemia or abnormally high cholesterol levels and diabetes. Further, a recent animal study on the effects of peppermint extract stated that peppermint extract can lower the bad LDL cholesterol levels. Higher cholesterol levels are associated with cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. However, more research needs to be conducted on this.
What is Peppermint Tea?
Typically, mint tea is made from peppermint leaves. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a hybrid, or a blend, of the spearmint plant and the water mint plant. The perennial peppermint plant has bright green leaves and can easily be grown in a variety of low light spaces (including an apartment) so it has become a popular plant to cultivate for food and beverages.
Mint tea can be made solely with peppermint leaves, but you can also combine peppermint with spearmint leaves to make double mint tea. Some people even combine peppermint with other herbal ingredients to create unique blends.
Peppermint tea has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years dating back to Greek, Roman, and Ancient Egyptian cultures. However, peppermint was not recognized as a distinct kind of mint until the 1700s, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Peppermint Tea Side Effects
Although peppermint tea is an excellent health beverage, it has a few potential side effects. Avoid peppermint tea if you:
- Suffer from GERD: Peppermint tea’s relaxing properties can cause the sphincter muscle of the stomach and esophagus to relax more, exacerbating acid reflux.
- Are pregnant: In extreme cases, over-consumption of peppermint tea can cause uterine relaxation and could lead to miscarriage.
In some rare cases, peppermint tea may interact with medications. If you are concerned about a potential drug interaction, check the drug’s warnings or consult with your doctor.
Peppermint tea is generally considered to be a very safe, effective, natural remedy. If you have any concerns or questions about the side effects or health benefits of peppermint tea, talk with your doctor or consult an herbalist.