10 Interesting Facts and Benefits of Peppermint Tea

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Do you drink enough tea during the day? Researchers recommend that you should have around five to six cups per day. One of the best choices is also one of the most comforting, especially during the winter months – the peppermint tea.

Known for its delicious taste and pleasant aroma, it is also excellent for your body and your mind. Let’s take a look at ten must-know facts and benefits of drinking fresh mint tea today.

Benefit #1 – Relieves Cold & Flu Symptoms

sick woman

Congestion, runny nose and fever are all typical symptoms of a cold or flu (stomach pain is discussed more below). Luckily, there is powerful peppermint plant you can use to make a tea that will counteract these symptoms.

The mint found within your cup of tea is considered a Menthol – natural decongestant – that actually breaks down the phlegm that leads to coughing and problems with breathing.

Peppermint is so useful that people often rub the oil on their chest.

Not only that, it’s included in many creams meant to aid with respiratory health and nasal congestion. There is also rosmarinic acid found within its leaves that has been shown to help with asthma. This acid will open your airways naturally and make it easier for you to breathe.

If you’re coughing and your throat is sore, this hot beverage will also provide relief. Coating the throat, you’ll find quick relief that makes swallowing much more comfortable.

When you catch the flu and you have problems to breathe freely, you’ll find relief by drinking a cup of peppermint tea or even chewing on a fresh leaf from this plant.

Related research study:

“Relaxation of bronchial smooth muscles, increase in the ventilation and brain oxygen concentration, and decrease in the blood lactate level are the most plausible explanations.”

– Meamarbashi, A., and Rajabi, A. The effects of peppermint on exercise performance. 2013. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 10: p. 15.

Benefit #2 – Provides Relief from Stress

2 glasses of hot tea

Just the smell of peppermint has been shown to reduce and relieve stress. Not only will you be less stressed, but this also allows you to fall asleep faster and get a better night’s sleep. Therefore, you can have it even right before bedtime and not worry about waking tired.

Related research study:

“The combination of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and ethanol increased cognitive performance and had a muscle-relaxing and mentally relaxing effect, but had little influence on pain sensitivity.”

– Moss, M., et al. Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. 2008. The International Journal of Neuroscience. 118(1): p. 59-77.

Benefit #3 – Calms Your Stomach

woman with belly ache

Did you know that stomach pain and gas can be easily eradicated thanks to essential oils in the peppermint leaves? The process is twofold.

First, the mint is a natural soother that will relax your tummy. Second, sipping a cup of hot liquid will also provide relief to the tension in your belly.

What is more, peppermint tea significantly reduces bloating and gas problems that make for an uncomfortable feeling in your bowels. However, a cup of this tea will not help with severe medical issues regarding your stomach.

Related research study:

“Peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome]. Future studies should assess the long-term efficacy and safety of peppermint oil and its efficacy relative to other IBS treatments including antidepressants and antispasmodic drugs.”

– Khanna, R., et al. Peppermint oil for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2014. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 48(6): p. 505-12.

Benefit #4 – Good Source of Antioxidants

mint plant

You can never have too many antioxidants. Peppermint, in general, is a strong antioxidant that allows you to fight off free radicals and keep your body healthy.

Among the most potent are:

– Phenolic acids (e.g. rosmarinic and caffeic acids)
– Flavones (e.g. luteolin derivatives)
– Flavanones (e.g. eriocitrin derivatives)

The reduced amount of free radicals will relieve your immune system that can concentrate more on other issues within your body.

Related research study:

“The EtOAc, ACN and H2O-soluble extracts demonstrated the most potent iron(III) reductive and 1,1′-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrayl, 2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate) and hydroxyl free radical scavenging properties; however, the H2O and CH2Cl2-soluble extracts were the most potent extracts in the beta-carotene-linoleic acid bleaching inhibition assay. In terms of iron(II) chelation–an important antioxidant property–the PE, MeOH and H2O extracts demonstrated moderate iron(II) chelating activity.”

– Riachi, L.G., and De Maria, C.A. Peppermint antioxidants revisited. 2015. Food Chemistry. 176: p. 72-81.

Benefit #5 – Promotes Digestion

woman eating apple

If you suffer from indigestion or even irritable bowel syndrome, this is the perfect tea for you. Mint is known to sooth the stomach and has been used outside of traditional medicine for thousands of years to aid in indigestion.

What happens is that peppermint actually improves the flow of bile in your belly. This ensures that digestion occurs faster and leaves less of an acidic environment within it.

Related research study:

“Peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term treatment for IBS [irritable bowel syndrome]. Future studies should assess the long-term efficacy and safety of peppermint oil and its efficacy relative to other IBS treatments including antidepressants and antispasmodic drugs.”

– Khanna, R., et al. Peppermint oil for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2014. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 48(6): p. 505-12.

Benefit #6 – Provides Support for Your Liver & Gallbladder

liver with gallbladder

Fresh mint cleanses your liver of toxins and can actually work to dissolve small gallbladder stones within your body. Tisane is found within this plant and is the main reason that this hot beverage is so good for your gallbladder.

As we mentioned earlier, the improved flow of bile could lead to better liver health as well.

Related research study:

“PO [peppermint oil] stimulates bile fluid secretion and thus has a choleretic effect. PO might play a role in upregulating CYP7A1 [cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase] and FXR mRNA [farnesoid X receptor messenger ribonucleic acid] levels, suggesting that the molecular mechanisms are related to gene expression involved in bile acid synthesis.”

– Zonq, L., et al. (2011). “Preliminary experimental research on the mechanism of liver bile secretion stimulated by peppermint oil“, in Journal of Digestive Diseases, Vol. 12(4): p. 295-301.

Benefit #7 – Helps with Bad Breath

peppermint tea in metal pot

The food you eat can get stuck between your teeth and actually begin to rot. While you may brush your teeth, there is also the problem of bacteria. Whether you realize it or not, there are a lot of other things living in your mouth that leads to bad breath.

A strong scent of peppermint masks the smell of bad breath while its antibacterial elements kill germs and bacteria. Fresh and clean breath should await you after drinking this hot beverage regularly.

Related research study:

“A (13)C-acetic acid breath test was continuously performed with the BreathID system, which monitors gastric emptying, for 4 h after the administration of the test meal. Using Oridion Research Software (beta version), the time for emptying of 50% of the labeled meals (T 1/2), the analog to the scintigraphy lag time for 10% emptying of the labeled meal (T lag), the gastric emptying coefficient (GEC), and the regression-estimated constants (beta and kappa) were calculated. After peppermint oil intake, the T lag and beta constant were significantly decreased. No significant differences in T 1/2, GEC, or kappa were observed between the two occasions.”

– Inamori, M., et al. (2007). “Early effects of peppermint oil on gastric emptying: a crossover study using a continuous real-time 13C breath test (BreathID system)“, in Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol. 42(7): p. 539-42.

Benefit #8 – Provides Relief from Menstrual Symptoms

stomach issues

Bloating and muscle cramps are horrible menstrual symptoms. No woman wants to suffer from these side effects. And guess what?

No one should.

Peppermint is already good for your stomach and will work to soothe your body and your head at the same time. Relieving anxiety and stress, cramp pain often subsides within 20–30 minutes of taking a cup of this tea.

Muscle spasms, such as those experienced when on your period, will be reduced.

This is all due to the menthol found in this plant. There have been numerous studies that showed women were more comfortable after drinking tea and had less bloating and pains as a result.

Related research study:

“While the bleeding amount did not significantly change, pain and its severity and all the clinical signs and symptoms decreased after taking peppermint extract. Because the side effect of herbal drugs is lower than other medicinal drugs, using mint is advised for treating dysmenorrhea symptoms.”

– Masoumi, S.Z., et al. Evaluation of mint efficacy regarding dysmenorrhea in comparison with mefenamic acid: A double blinded randomized crossover study. 2016. Iranian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Research. 21(4): p. 363–367.

Benefit #9 – Reduces Migraine & Headache

young woman with headache

Migraines and headaches are not for me. However, when my head is pounding, I often reach for a cup of tea instead of aspirin. Tea, especially when sipped, has been shown to relax tense muscles and ease the pain felt with a headache.

Aroma plays a big part in this too. 

Did you know that congestion is one of the most common causes of head pain? When you smell mint, you’ll open your nasal passages and clear away congestion.

By opening up your airways, you’ll be allowing more oxygen to reach your bloodstream, resulting in faster relief from even the worst migraine.

Related research study:

“A significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headache was produced by a combination of peppermint oil and ethanol. The essential plant oil preparations often used in empiric medicine can thus be shown by laboratory tests to exert significant effects on mechanisms associated with the pathophysiology of headache.”

– Göbel, H., et al. (1994). “Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters“, in Cephalagia, Vol. 14(3): p. 228-34; discussion 182.

Benefit #10 – Fights Bacteria, Fungus & Viruses

bacteria culture

Study after study has been done on different types of teas and how they can help fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungus. First, the bacteria in your mouth are destroyed thanks to the antibacterial properties of peppermint.

This keeps your mouth sparkling fresh.

Studies, done in test tubes, have shown that it may even be able to beat the Herpes simplex virus. You’ll also want to take into account the antioxidant levels found within it.

Antioxidants will reduce free radicals to keep your body in the tip-top shape at all times. It’s a mixture of beneficial properties that will allow you to fight off ailments and boost your immune system that makes this hot beverage a must-drink.

Related research study:

“In vitro, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal (GI) tissue, analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system, immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential.”

– McKay, D. L., et al. (2006). “A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.)“, in Phytotherapy Research, Vol. 20(8): p. 619-633.

Contraindications, Warnings & Dangers You Need to Know About

mysterious cup of tea

Worried about having too much tea? Studies have not found peppermint to provide any real dangers to a person. The only exception is when you take incredibly large amounts!

Digging through research, most studies say that this hot beverage may cause problems when consumed in high dosages, but none really says what would occur.

A few precautions are seen with:

  1. Pregnancy – While safe, there may be a potential risk when drank in massive quantities. Typical consumption is deemed okay in this case, but extra large amounts have not been studied.
  2. Allergy – The most common danger may be an allergic reaction. If you know you have an allergy for this plant, do not consume it!

Otherwise, there has been no conclusive study or evidence to show any adverse side effects from fresh mint tea.

As always, you’ll want to consume a reasonable amount, but you would have a difficult time experiencing any negatives from this drink itself. The only question is “why aren’t you drinking more peppermint tea?”

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