Mint Tea Benefits
Mint Tea: the most popular herbal infusion in the world. No question. Indeed, for thousands of years, Mint Tea benefits have inspired millions. Some drink it for its nutritional value - others for its weight loss properties. Most, however, choose to drink Mint Tea because it tastes extraordinary.
Whether it’s Peppermint or Spearmint; Watermint or Moroccan Mint, brews rarely get better than this. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, these delectable beverages are some of our most popular products. In this article, we will explain why.
Does Mint Tea Have Caffeine?
Let’s start with the basics. Mint Tea, in its most natural form, contains no caffeine. This, for some, is one of the primary reasons for drinking it.
Why? Those who’re caffeine sensitive or who’re looking to cut down have no need to worry about any caffeine at all when it comes to most Mint Teas. ‘Most’? There are, of course, exceptions to this rule.
Those exceptions are blends that include Loose Leaf Tea or other caffeinated ingredients such as Yerba Mate. There are 60 plants that naturally contain caffeine. The Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant is one of them.
Tea blends stocked here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company include Moroccan Mint (a Gunpowder Green Tea), Peppermint Matcha (a Matcha Green Tea) and Chocolate Mint Tea (a Black Tea). This is to name but a few beverages that have Mint Tea caffeine.
Mint Tea nutrition differs depending on the type of Tea. Let’s start with Peppermint, arguably the most popular variety. Peppermint contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Below is a table showcasing just a few of its constituents:
Peppermint Tea Constituents
|Vitamin A||Vitamin B||Vitamin C|
Spearmint Tea is another popular mint beverage. Though a close relative of Peppermint, it has several different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These constituents, like those of most other Mint Teas, come with remarkable Mint Tea benefits. Below is a table:
Spearmint Tea Constituents
|Vitamin A||Vitamin B||Vitamin C|
|Vitamin K||Folate||Pantothenic Acid|
What about a Mint Tea blend that includes Loose Leaf Tea? Let’s use Moroccan Mint Tea as an example. This is a type of Green Tea, meaning it contains wholly different chemical compounds, as well as those of Peppermint. Below is a table:
Moroccan Mint Constituents
|Vitamin A||Vitamin B||Vitamin C|
|Vitamin D||Epigallocatechin gallate||Manganese|
Mint Tea Benefits
Is Mint Tea good for you? You bet! In fact, the health benefits of Mint Tea are some of the best documented in the industry. Still, the question begs: what is Mint Tea good for, exactly? This again depends on the type of Tea.
As we’ve already established, most Mint Teas have an exceptional nutritional value thanks in part to their constituents. However, because these constituents differ from brew to brew, there are different Mint Tea benefits to be had from different infusions.
Is Mint Tea Safe For Pregnancy?
Can I drink Mint Tea when pregnant? Yes, but in moderation. There is no evidence to clearly suggest that drinking Loose Leaf Mint Tea can harm you or your baby while pregnant. However, it’s best to monitor your daily intake when it comes to Herbal and ‘regular’ Teas alike.
NHS Choices recommends that pregnant women not exceed more than 200 mg of caffeine daily. When it comes to Spearmint or Peppermint, there is no need to worry about any caffeine at all. When it comes to Tea blends, however, it’s best to exercise caution.
On average, Green Tea, flavoured or unflavoured, contains 30 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving. This means that, in theory, you could drink up to six cups a day. Flavoured and unflavoured Black Tea, meanwhile, contains around 45 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving. This is the equivalent of four cups.
Should you have any concerns, it’s paramount that you seek medical consultation. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company care about the welfare of our customers. For this reason, we are the first to say that doctors, midwives or other professionals know best.
Is Mint Tea Good For Weight Loss?
The short answer: Yes. According to preliminary research, most types of Mint Tea can help you to lose weight in several ways. First, Peppermint and Spearmint Herbal Teas contain no more than 2.4 calories per 8 oz serving. That’s hardly anything at all, which makes these beverages an excellent alternative to unhealthy soft and fizzy drinks.
Second, there is some evidence to suggest that the menthol found in mint tea can work as an appetite suppressant. If proven, this could mean that Mint Tea benefits include reduced overeating, which ultimately reduces overall fat and sugar intake.
Third, a handful of scientific studies have looked into the possibility that Mint Tea benefits can boost the metabolism of fat cells. Again, if proven, this could enable the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently, which could see periods of moderate exercise produce better results.
Is Mint Tea Good For Colds?
Peppermint and Spearmint are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial. These properties contribute significantly to Mint Tea benefits, particularly when it comes to warding off colds. This is because they can boost the immune system, which is essentially the body’s defence against unwelcome viruses and bacteria.
If, however, you’re unlucky enough to be already unwell, then Mint Tea benefits have another trick up their sleeve. They also have antispasmodic properties which, although not directly related to colds, can still help when you’re feeling under the weather. Antispasmodic properties in Mint can reduce nausea, vomiting and coughing fits.
It’s also worth noting that Mint contains high levels of Vitamin C. And most will know already that this remarkable component can keep the sniffles at bay. All of these qualities combined make Mint Tea a must-have beverage during the cold season.
Is Mint Tea A Laxative?
Many people do indeed consider some Mint Teas mild laxatives. Most notable, however, is their ability to improve digestive health as a whole. Mint Tea benefits can soothe the intestines, relieve abdominal pain and reduce bloating. They can even help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) while, of course, alleviating constipation.
A recent study found that Mint Tea relaxed gastrointestinal tissue in animal models. Another study noted that Peppermint has a positive effect on those living with long-term IBS. Nevertheless, all research is preliminary. This includes research on whether Mint Tea is a laxative. Until we know more, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company urge caution.
What Are The Side Effects Of Mint?
Although Mint Tea benefits have something for everyone, it’s essential to recognise potential Mint Tea side effects. For starters, anyone taking medication for digestive, blood sugar or skin-related issues should consult a medical professional before drinking Mint Tea. This is because there’s a small chance it might interfere with the medication, thus leading to further complications.
Some people have reported instances of Mint Tea overconsumption leading to diarrhoea, heart palpitations and a slowed heart rate. Despite these side effects being rare, it’s vital you consider all factors before embracing Mint Tea benefits. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company strongly recommend medical consultation should you have any concerns.
Types of Mint Tea
There are 25 species of mint belonging to the Mentha genus of the Lamiaceae family. The three best known are Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Mentha spicata (Spearmint) and Mentha aquatica (Watermint). Interestingly, Peppermint is a natural hybrid of Watermint and Spearmint.
Many household products and commercial goods contain mint. This includes toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, mints, sweets, ice cream, alcoholic liqueurs, digestive aids, supplements, essential oils and, of course, Tea. Below are just some of the types of Mint Tea we stock here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
Moroccan Mint Tea
This infusion is usually a combination of Gunpowder Green Tea and either Peppermint or Spearmint Leaves. Our Moroccan Mint Tea contains Peppermint, although you could always buy our ‘House’ Gunpowder and add Spearmint leaves to it if you want! Regardless of the specific type of Mint Tea added, this delectable infusion is a staple of Moroccan culture.
Traditionally, drinking this Tea is synonymous with hospitality. Indeed, if you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation into a Moroccan family household, you will likely have the chance to drink a cup (or three) of Moroccan Mint Tea. Before you can take your first sip, however, expect an almost ritualistic Tea preparation ceremony.
Those who cannot visit Morocco can still enjoy this beverage at home. We stock it here at our Kent-based factory. All you need to do is buy, brew and enjoy minty overtones and grassy undertones. What more could you want from your cuppa?
Chocolate Mint Tea
Are you looking for something a little different? Perhaps a brew to satisfy your sweet tooth? Choose Chocolate Mint Tea, a blend of Ceylon Black Tea, Blackberry Leaves, Peppermint Leaves and Natural Chocolate Flavouring. The colour in cup is bright and coppery with a full flavour reminding you of after dinner mints. It even makes for an excellent alternative to such confectionary treats!
Not only does this particular beverage come with Mint Tea benefits, but also Black Tea benefits. It contains two particularly beneficial antioxidants called theaflavin and thearubigin. Combined, these constituents can combat free radicals in the body. This can ultimately reduce the risk of developing several chronic conditions, including type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Studies also indicate that all types of Black Tea can enhance cognitive function, improve oral health and relieve minor stress. However, most people choose Chocolate Mint Tea for its exceptional taste. Whatever you want from your morning brew, this beverage has you covered.
Traditionalists would be hard-pressed to find a better infusion than our Peppermint Herbal Tea. It comes from the plant of the same name, which although originates from Central Europe and the Mediterranean, now thrives around the world. This particular cut variety grows in the fertile Egyptian province of Sharkia in the Nile Delta Valley.
Interestingly, Egypt was where Mint Tea benefits began. Archaeological evidence has established that the Pharaohs first used Peppermint during the 10th Century BCE! Hundreds of years later, the Romans, too, started drinking Peppermint Tea. Now, in 2019, it is one of the most popular herbal beverages in the world, as well as one of the most sought-after Teas stocked by us!
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is an aromatic, perennial herb native to much of Europe and Asia. It grows up to 2 feet (0.6 metres) high, bearing very short-stalked, acute-pointed, lance-shaped, wrinkled, bright green leaves with toothed edges and smooth surfaces. We use these leaves in the making of Spearmint Tea.
In 1597, Botanist John Gerard, writing in his book entitled Herbal, said: “[Spearmint Tea] is good against watering eyes and all manner of breakouts on the head and sores. It is applied with salt to the biting of mad dogs. They [also] lay it on the stinging of wasps and bees with good success”. Today, however, we drink it less for dog bites and more for scientifically proven Spearmint Tea benefits!
Mint Tea benefits the mind, body and soul in a plethora of ways. The choices are most often between Peppermint, Spearmint or a mint-infused Tea blend. For over 30 years, we as a company have packed every Tea, Tisane and Coffee fresh to order. This ensures not only quality but also consistency with every cuppa brewed. So what are you waiting for? Try Mint Tea benefits today and make changes to your lifestyle in small yet significant ways.