Peppermint tea is one of the most popular herbal teas in the UK. It’s uplifting, it’s easy on the tastebuds and it also provides an array of health benefits, as this list shows. There is so much that this herbal tea can do for you, so many reasons to keep a box on your tea shelf at all times.
Before we begin describing the many benefits of peppermint tea, it’s worth noting that anyone allergic to menthol should avoid drinking this as it may trigger adverse reactions. Everyone else is good to go though as this tea is very well tolerated and hugely beneficial.
A hot cup of tea at bedtime is always good for relaxing you down, especially if it is consumed with a good book or a nice warm bath. It’s all part of a ritual that can help to make your nights more comfortable. But there’s more to peppermint tea that just a hot drink as the menthol acts to soothe the muscles, which in turn can relax your whole body as you prepare for sleep.
It is not as effective as herbal teas like chamomile and even lavender, but as an additional benefit alongside the many others on this list, it’s still noteworthy. It’s probably in line with hops tea and even banana tea in this regard.
9. Eliminates Stress
In much the same way that it helps to sedate you in time for sleep, peppermint tea can also help you to destress. We’re all considerably more stressed than we should be and it’s eating into our sanity and health. A cup of tea is never going to be the be-all and end-all, but it’s a good start.
8. Reduces Inflammation
Of the many positive studies done on peppermint tea and its potential health benefits, a signifiant number of them point toward its anti-inflammatory benefits. It has been shown to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and it may even reduce inflammation caused by exercise, injury and even stress.
7. Reduces Blood Pressure
By the same mechanism that peppermint tea helps to reduce inflammation, it can also help to reduce your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure then the act of sitting, relaxing and enjoy a cuo of tea will always go some way to helping it. When that tea is known to reduce inflammation, relax your muscles and sooth your nerves as peppermint tea is, then it can also have many positive effects on your heart health.
A nice, sharp intake of menthol can help to make you more alert. It can also zap you senses into action. Research has shown that even just the scent of peppermint can have a positive impact in this regard, which suggests that peppermint tea can be just as beneficial, if not more so. If you’re working through the night you may still want to choose caffeinated drinks over peppermint tea, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a strong cup on the side to instantly pull you out of sleepy moments when that strong scent and taste hits you.
5. Clears up Congestion
Peppermint tea is not going to rid you of the common cold, nothing is that powerful, but when used in combination with paracetamol and other cold and flu remedies it can drastically improve your symptoms, easing congestion by zapping your sinuses with menthol and allowing you to breathe easier as that mucous thins out and your airways expand.
This isn’t a new discovery. It’s why most inhalants prescribed for colds and sinus problems—including Vicks VaporRub—contain menthol. There is an instantly satisfying, immediately soothing effect as soon as this menthol is breathed in through your nose and if you’re breathing it in as you’re also consuming the tea and benefiting in other ways, then you’re getting a doubles whammy that leaves your cold with no chance.
4. Helps with Headaches
Peppermint tea may help to alleviate the pain of headaches and migraines by relaxing tightened muscles and blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily through the body. The smell of peppermint is just as effective as peppermint tea for this, which is why it is often concentrated into oil form and then added to bath and body products, massage oils and more.
This is one of the less researched health benefits of peppermint tea and headaches do not have a single cause, so there is no definitive cure short of taking a painkiller. Speaking of which…
3. It Kills Pain
This is a health benefit that you probably didn’t expect to find on this list, but it’s one of the more interesting ones. Simply put, while peppermint tea is nowhere near as effective as narcotic and even OTC painkillers, it has shown a great deal of promise when it comes to increasing the pain threshold and alleviating pain.
Animal studies were able to show that peppermint could quite significantly increase the pain threshold, which means that animals were able to take more pain with less reaction while under the influence of this substance. We dread to think what they were doing to those animals, but let’s focus on the positive: peppermint tea could be an effective alternative pain killer.
We also know that there are other varieties of mint that are actually used as mild analgesics. Clearly a lot more research needs to be undertaken before you start seeing it prescribed for this reason, but it’s worth noting that peppermint tea could help to improve your resistance to pain.
2. Eliminates Bad Breath
Peppermint tea can help to neutralize many of the chemicals responsible for bad breath. This is why you will find peppermint, spearmint and other types of mint in chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash and even on the coating of dental floss. It is an effective neutralizer of bad breath and everyone enjoys the feeling of a cool, clear, menthol breath.
1. Digestive Aid
The most recognized health benefit of peppermint tea is its ability to soothe digestive disorders. It relaxes the digestive tract, helping with indigestion and the smoother transition of fecal matter. Consumption of peppermint tea after big meals can limit the chance of indigestion occurring and may also speed-up the transition of food from the stomach to the gut, which in turn can provide benefits that aid everyone from sufferers of acid reflux to IBS.