I personally consume peppermint tea for its great taste. The health benefits are just a bonus. It warms me up like nothing else and it has a nice relaxing effect on me. Few things beat looking out the windows as it’s raining outside and sipping peppermint tea. I just had a cup. What are the health benefits of peppermint tea?
- Stomach upsets. Peppermint tea helps digestion. If you ate a little too much or dinner has been too heavy, have a cup and feel quick relief of stomach upset.
- Cold and flu remedy. It is often the go to tea when one catches a cold. It has cooling and cleaning effects on the sinuses, nose, throat and generally on mucuses.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In some studies peppermint oil have been shown beneficial for people suffering from this condition. The tea contains some of the oil but there are also extracts available in stores depending on your location.
- Possibly cancer-fighting. Studies are not clean on this one yet, but it may have an effect on pancreas and liver tumors by stopping their growth. These kinds of tumors are otherwise hard to treat.
- Cooling for the skin in cream format. Many creams and gels use peppermint as one of the additional ingredients. It cools the skin, and keeps it clean too. See the Antibacterial effects below.
- Headaches. I personally haven’t seen much use of it when I had a headache but some people swear to it. We are all different so go ahead and give it a try.
- Sinus problems. As I mentioned before, it has a cleaning effect on mucuses and helps relax the respiratory tract.
- Menstrual cramps. By many reports its warmth reduces all the symptoms.
- Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic. One of the reasons it is often used on the skin too.
- Fever reduction. It isn’t only cooling on the outside, it has the same effect on the inside as well. Some people recommend it for fever reduction or feverish discomfort. I often drink it in hot summer days as well. Even if I drink it hot, in the end I feel cooler and more comfortable than before.
- Reduce nausea and motion sickness. Peppermint’s antispasmodic qualities help relieve nausea and motion sickness. One of my good friends just cannot travel on a bus without getting sick. She always asks me if I can prepare a cup of peppermint tea for hear.
- Makes a good study aid. A study shows that even the aroma of peppermint made students more alert and for a longer period. Another study also shows, that people drinking a cup of peppermint tea were more alert and at the same time calm when driving. Not a bad combination!
I don’t want to sell you on peppermint, I don’t benefit from it. But it’s really one of my favorite herbal teas and I consume it with great joy, usually every couple days or so.
Few side effects of peppermint are known. Usually doctors say don’t drink it if you have stomach ulcers. You should also avoid it if you are allergic to any of its properties (e.g. menthol).