Peppermint or simply mint tea is a delightful and refreshing way to stay healthy and can help you boost your immune system, improve digestion and reduce aches and pains. Peppermint tea and essential oils with the invigorating menthol flavour makes this tea one of the most popular.
What is Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is an herbal tea, also known as a tisane or infusion, which has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Available in a wide variety of types, the two most popular mint teas are peppermint and spearmint. You can also find several fruit-infused mint teas including apple mint and lemon mint.
Peppermint tea has a fresh, cool flavour with a tingling finish. Peppermint tea offers a cooling sensation that can be likened to a delicate yet refreshing mist. Some peppermint teas will have hints of green tea or fruity and vanilla flavours depending on the infusion or blend. Mint tea has a pleasing aroma that invigorates the senses.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
1. Soothes Upset Stomach
The cooling effects of menthol in peppermint tea help to soothe an upset stomach in several ways. First, menthol relaxes the stomach muscles that can contract and cause cramping. The cooling effect of menthol can improve circulation and relieve inflammation that causes stomach pains.
The second way peppermint tea helps to alleviate an upset stomach is to get rid of the offending cause faster. The menthol in peppermint stimulates the secretion of gastric juices that can break down food and speed up digestion. Peppermint tea reduces the feeling of being full and can reduce inflammation that causes bloating.
2. Improves Digestion
Along with soothing an upset stomach, peppermint tea can help regulate digestion to keep everything running smoothly as peppermint tea moves gas throughout the body thus relieving the feeling of bloating and cramps.
Menthol in peppermint tea also increases bile in the stomach, which helps to digest foods more efficiently. This reduces the symptoms of diarrhea and constipation and can help to keep your system working optimally. Menthol relaxes the muscles in the digestive tract, making peppermint tea a great choice for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
3. Treats Bad Breath
It's no accident that most toothpaste contains some form of peppermint. With a clean, fresh feeling and menthol that fights halitosis that causes bad breath, peppermint is a true hero when it comes to fresh breath. The aromatic scent of peppermint tea helps to camouflage bad breath while antibacterial properties work from within to kill the germs and bacteria that cause bad breath in the first place.
4. Combats the Common Cold and Flu
Like most true teas and herbal teas, peppermint tea contains compounds that help to fight off colds while building up your immunity. Drinking a hot cup of tea is one of the most popular ways to soothe a sore throat. Peppermint tea takes it one step further by relaxing throat muscles that cause an irritating cough. Since menthol is a muscle relaxant, mint tea helps open up airways, relieving congestion and alleviating severe colds such as bronchitis.
The antioxidants in peppermint tea increase circulation and allow white blood cells to travel faster throughout the body, increasing the speed with which your body can fight off viruses and bacteria. Peppermint tea has antibacterial properties that help to ward off bacteria that are harmful to your immune system.
Peppermint tea also contains essential vitamins and nutrients that can boost your immune system so you get sick less frequently. With compounds such as antioxidants, vitamin B, potassium and calcium, your body can more easily absorb nutrients and fight invaders to stay healthy.
5. Reduces Fever
One of the main ingredients in mint tea is menthol, which has been shown to help break a fever. Drinking a hot cup of mint tea induces sweating, which is the body's natural way of cooling down. The extra fluids also encourage detoxification so your body can eliminate the cause of your cold, flu and fever.
At the same time, the menthol works internally to decrease temperature thus bringing down your fever. Menthol is also a natural muscle relaxant so it helps to alleviate the aches and pains that come along with high fevers.
6. Prevents Nausea
Peppermint tea has antispasmodic properties that can treat the feelings of nausea and prevent vomiting. The scent of peppermint can inhibit feelings of nausea while organic compounds in the mint help to soothe stomach muscles that contract and lead to vomiting. Drinking peppermint tea before boarding a plane, boat or while onboard a boat can help to cure the feelings of motion sickness or seasickness.
7. Reduces Stress
Peppermint tea is common in aromatherapy and Ayurveda as a way to reduce stress and increase overall wellbeing and peace. That's because peppermint tea contains natural sedative qualities that help you unwind after a long day.
Consuming hot peppermint tea can help to lower your overall body temperature, allowing your body to relax and alleviating any inflammation. Anti-inflammatory properties also reduce blood pressure, inducing a calm state.
Peppermint tea is naturally caffeine-free so you can drink it at any time of the day without worrying about insomnia. The lack of caffeine also means you won't feel jittery and is the main reason it's used for relaxation and stress relief.
8. Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Like oral products, peppermint is used in a variety of skin care treatments at salons to promote a healthy scalp. Peppermint can help treat dandruff by reducing itchiness and soothing dry scalps. For best results, wash hair using peppermint tea and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing.
The anti-inflammatory properties in peppermint can help reduce redness caused by acne and antiseptic properties help prevent build-up of bacteria that can clog pores. The soothing effects of peppermint are useful for treating skin rashes and itchy bug bites.
9. Helps to Improve Concentration
Peppermint tea can increase focus and concentration. The scent of peppermint is even more important than the actual consumption of the tea. Peppermint diffused in a room full of test-takers boosts their alertness and concentration, as the smell of menthol stimulates the hippocampus, which is brain's memory centre.
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Medical Disclaimer: While we have delved into the research available on the health benefits of these teas, this is for informative purposes only and shouldn’t be taken as medical advice. Those who have any health-related queries should reach out to a medical professional.This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.