1. It will freshen your breath
Peppermints, anyone? There’s a reason mint takes center stage in everything from toothpaste to chewing gum.
Warning: If your breath is really bad, you should probably get checked out for gum disease. Mints or sugar-free gum will also stop the stink faster than tea.
2. It’s loaded with antioxidants
Leaves of the mint family contain heaps of antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage. And that includes the leaves used to make peppermint tea.
There isn’t much research on peppermint tea in particular. But science says that consuming a range of antioxidant foods and beverages can help reduce the risk of health problems like heart disease and premature aging.
3. Peppermint tea may calm congestion
The menthol in peppermint tea will make your throat and sinuses explode with a feeling of freshness and cleansing. It’s heaven for stuffy noses and sinuses.
TBH, anyone who has had a cup of peppermint tea can talk about its brightening effects. But one study 2016 also found that breathing in the aroma of peppermint oil could kill bacteria, potentially soothing infected airways.
Of course, breathing in the scent of your hot tea isn’t the same as peppermint aromatherapy. But there’s no harm in soothing a congested head with peppermint if that’s your cup of tea 😉.
4. Peppermint tea can calm an upset stomach
People with stomach problems have been eating mint since the dawn of time. We’re talking bloating, gas, sensitive stomach, nausea – the works. And science backs it up for peppermint oils and extracts.
A 2017 report suggested that children with functional abdominal pain (a condition that causes continuous abdominal pain) found relief by ingesting peppermint oil.
Another study 2020 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer found that patients who received 20 milliliters of peppermint extract-infused water every 8 hours had less nausea and vomiting than those who did not.
Yes, this research did not focus on tea – although the peppermint water study is very close – but it’s possible that drinking peppermint tea could also help.
5. It can relieve menstrual pain
Some people use peppermint products to relieve flow-related cramps or pelvic pain. What does science say?
Note that the studies did not include peppermint tea. But if drinking mint tea calms the “red tide,” you do, boo.
6. Peppermint tea may soothe tension headaches and migraine
Feeling tense? Of course, drinking a hot cup of tea on a rainy day can help you relax. But peppermint might physically relieve tense muscles.
In study of migraine sufferers, peppermint nasal spray was nearly as effective as lidocaine nasal spray in relieving headaches. Older research 2016 also suggests that topical application of diluted peppermint oil can melt away tension.
Again, do these studies focus on peppermint tea? No. But a cup of tea can always help.
7. This tea could boost your step
Yes, peppermint could = pep.
That’s because peppermint oil – some of which will end up in your cup – has been related more energy and less fatigue. That said, research is Great thin.
More studies are needed to confirm whether drinking peppermint-infused water can wake you up faster in the morning. What we can say for sure is that it tastes and smells refreshing.
8. It May Ease Allergy Symptoms
To research since 2004 (Napoleon Dynamite days!) found that people with seasonal allergies who took a rosmarinic acid supplement experienced less itchy eyes and noses.
In a 2001 study (remember Donnie Darko?), rats given peppermint extract also exhibited less sneezing and itching than rats without this extract.
More research is needed to confirm this benefit, especially for what is essentially a cup of infused water with a bit of peppermint. But it’s a start.
9. It might help you focus
Peppermint tea is a great study companion. In addition to being a curious soothing and energizing combo, it strength improve concentration.
Again, the studies are either old or super small. They also focus on peppermint oil — and you’ll only get a tiny bit of that in a cup of peppermint tea.
To note: Do NOT ingest pure peppermint essential oilor any essential oil without specific instruction from your healthcare professional.
10. It’s sugar free
Peppermint tea does not contain a little sugar. This is great news for people with erratic blood sugar or anyone trying to cut back on their sugar intake, without sacrificing flavor.
Hold the cream, and mint tea also gets low in calories and carbs if that fits your #goals. Think about it: it’s dried leaves and hot water 🤔.
11. Peppermint tea may suppress hunger pangs
Here’s another way to drink a cup of mint tea in the afternoon to promote healthy weight loss (if that’s your goal, of course).
In a 2013 study with only 13 participants, those who took a peppermint oil supplement had less appetite than those who did not.
Of course, whether or not the little peppermint oil in your tea crushes cravings, drinking any liquid can help. fill you up so that you eat less. But we need more research to say whether peppermint tea might suppress your appetite more than plain water.