It’s safe to say that a mug of peppermint tea will warm you up on cold afternoons. But did you know that peppermint has all sorts of health benefits, too? The research findings astonished us! Here’s a quick look at how peppermint tea and related products like peppermint essential oil can help you stay healthy.
What is Peppermint?
It’s a hybrid mint that’s a cross between watermint and spearmint. Learn more about cooking with mint. You can buy peppermint tea, peppermint essential oil and fresh peppermint at most grocery stores. It’s not hard to grow fresh peppermint in your herb garden or planter, either. (But watch out—it spreads!)
What Are the Benefits of Peppermint Tea?
Here’s what research about peppermint from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revealed:
- It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Peppermint has shown to have significant antiviral and antibiotic properties, helping to support your body’s immune system. This is why peppermint tea can be a great addition to treating things like the common cold.
- It helps out with mental clarity. Peppermint has been found to aid in performance for complex tasks and help ease mental fatigue. That makes a cup of tea a great choice for an afternoon pick-me-up!
- A cup of tea can eases tummy troubles. Due to the relaxing effects peppermint has on the gut, its tea makes a great remedy for nausea and abdominal pain.
- It contains antioxidant power. Chock full of phytochemicals like vitamins and minerals, peppermint has strong antioxidant properties that help strengthen your body’s immune system.
- 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.
How Many Cups of Peppermint Tea Should You Drink a Day?
There isn’t an established amount of peppermint tea that’s recommended for daily consumption; however, drinking 1-2 cups for general well-being is a good place to start. We’d recommend a cup to fight the 3 p.m. slump!
Spiced Peppermint Tea
Taste of Home
- 3 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 whole allspice
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Honey, optional
- Place the water, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in mint leaves. Remove from the heat; cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain tea. Serve with honey if desired.