Peppermint Tea: "Frequently Asked Questions"
When it comes to Herbal Tea, you’d be hard-pressed to think of a more popular brew than that of Peppermint Tea. This infusion dates back centuries. However, it has only recently soared in popularity.
Today, those wishing to move away from conventional beverages like Black Tea and Green Tea often begin by drinking Peppermint Tea. But what makes it so special, so unique?
As it turns out, modern science has discovered outstanding Peppermint Tea benefits. Indeed, health conscious individuals make up a sizable proportion of those flocking to it.
For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have answered some of your frequently asked questions (FAQ). Below you will realise the full potential of Peppermint Tea health benefits.
Is Peppermint Tea Good For You?
A, Yes. People who consume this beverage alongside an already healthy and active lifestyle can expect Peppermint Tea benefits. Although it can’t do all of the work for you, its medicinal qualities include improved digestion and weight loss promotion. Furthermore, Peppermint Tea can relieve stress, aid skin health and support the immune system.
What more could you want from your morning cuppa?
Why Is Peppermint Tea Good For You?
Peppermint Tea contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Combined, these can combat free radicals in the body, the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation.
By neutralising free radicals, Peppermint Tea often supports health and wellbeing on a molecular level. Incredible, huh? Below is a table showing just some of its beneficial chemical components.
Peppermint Tea Contains
|Vitamin A||Vitamin B||Vitamin C|
Does Peppermint Tea Have Caffeine?
You’ll notice on the table above the absence of caffeine. This isn’t a mistake. Indeed, most Herbal Teas, including this one, are entirely a caffeine free tea (an exception to the rule is Yerba Mate). To some, particularly those who’re caffeine sensitive, this is one of its benefits.
Consuming too much caffeine can lead to side effects such as jitteriness and sleeplessness. Those who’re pregnant, meanwhile, should not, according to NHS Choices, exceed more than 200 mg of this chemical compound daily. With Peppermint Tea, however, you don’t have to worry about any caffeine at all. That’s great news for a lot of people!
How Do You Make Peppermint Tea?
If you’re interested in How To Make The Perfect Cup of Tea, look no further than us. For starters, it depends on whether you’re using Peppermint Loose Tea or Peppermint Tea Bags. With the latter, the instructions are pretty simple. Put the Tea Bag in a mug, pour in hot water and let it brew for 5 to 10 minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger it tastes.
With Loose Tea, it’s much of the same - if only slightly different! Begin by putting Peppermint Herbal Tea into a Tea Filter (you can buy some here!). After this, pour in freshly boiled water and, as mentioned above, allow it to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
Do You Put Milk In Peppermint Tea?
Absolutely not! Although it’s true that some people choose to drink Peppermint Tea with milk, it’s not recommended. In fact, avid Tea drinkers may, indeed, shun you for doing so! When brewed without any accompaniments, this beverage boasts extraordinarily minty, menthol flavours. By adding milk, you’re diminishing its taste significantly.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that those trying to lose weight would do well to avoid milk. This is because of its added calories. If you’d like to find out more information, why not read our blog, “Calories in Tea and Nutritional Facts”.
When To Drink Peppermint Tea?
Due to its lack of caffeine, most agree that it doesn’t matter when you drink Peppermint Tea. In fact, many might rightly tell you that it is an excellent beverage to have before bed. Whether you like to ‘brew up’ first thing in the morning or last thing at night, peppermint suits your needs.
More of a concern, however, is how much of it you drink. Overconsumption of this beverage can cause some side effects (we’ll talk more about this later). In other words, moderation is key.
If you have any worries, be sure to contact a doctor, nurse or another health professional. First and foremost, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company cares about the welfare of our customers.
Is Peppermint Tea Good For IBS?
“IBS” stands for “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. This is often a chronic condition that can cause problems within the digestive system. Common symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. The good news is that, according to research, Peppermint Tea can at least offer temporary relief.
When consumed frequently, it can soothe the intestines, relieve minor abdominal pain and reduce bloating.
Several animal-based studies have proven that this beverage can relax gastrointestinal tissue. However, more human-based studies are undoubtedly needed in the future. Until we know more, we do not endorse this Tea, or any Tea, for IBS. Instead, we support ongoing research.
Does Peppermint Tea Help With Bloating?
As mentioned above, one of its well-documented Peppermint has the ability to relieve bloating. While applying to IBS, it also helps with bloating brought about from the menstrual cycle, too. Additionally, the antispasmodic effects of this Herbal Tea can relieve menstrual cramps. For women currently having their ‘time of the month’, this is great news!
Is Peppermint Tea Good For Colds?
Yes. Aside from its antispasmodic effect, Peppermint Tea has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Furthermore, as mentioned previously, it contains high levels of Vitamin C. Combined, these components can boost the immune system. This can not only fight colds, but also stop them from manifesting in the first place. Win-win!
Studies suggest that it can, among other qualities, reduce nausea, relieve congestion and help with sore throats. Its antioxidants, meanwhile, can increase circulation and allow white blood cells to travel faster throughout the body. This ultimately increases the speed that the body fights off viruses.
So, next time you feel ‘under the weather’ why not brew up a cup of Peppermint Tea?
Does Peppermint Tea Help With Migraines?
It depends. Preliminary research suggests Peppermint can help stop headaches specifically caused by stress or poor diet. These types of headaches often restrict blood vessels in the brain. Like painkillers, Peppermint Tea might work by opening up constricted blood vessels. It’s important, however, to note the word “preliminary”. In other words, we await further research before endorsing this Tea, or any Tea, for migraine relief.
Can Peppermint Tea Help With Acne?
There is some evidence indicating that Peppermint Tea can help with acne and other skin conditions. This is in part due to its wealth in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These compounds, combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce redness caused by acne.
Additionally, its antiseptic qualities prevent the build-up of bacteria that clogs pores. So before dashing out to buy expensive skin cream, try Peppermint Tea benefits first!
Does Peppermint Tea Stain Teeth?
There is a chance that Peppermint Tea may, on occasions, stain teeth. However, consumables such as Coffee and red wine are far more likely to detract from your white, shiny smile. In fact, Peppermint Tea can support oral health in a plethora of ways.
Most notably, its antibacterial properties can kill germs in the mouth, thus preventing halitosis. In other words, this infusion can, like any minty toothpaste, get rid of bad breath!
Is Peppermint Tea Good For Heartburn?
There is little evidence to suggest that Peppermint Tea can help with heartburn. That said, it might improve cardiovascular health in other ways. It’s true that you’re best off sticking to prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines when it comes to heartburn.
What’s also true, however, is that the antioxidants in Peppermint Tea reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Just be sure to consult a doctor or another health professional before using Peppermint Tea for this reason.
Can Peppermint Tea Cause Palpitations?
There have been a handful of reported cases involving Peppermint Tea causing palpitations. This, however, is very unlikely. It’s worth noting that there is no scientific evidence supporting these claims. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company nevertheless recommend you exercise caution. Again, be sure to consult a doctor should you have any concerns.
Does Peppermint Tea Make You Urinate More?
Peppermint Tea is, of course, predominantly water. Drinking a lot of it will inevitably lead to increased urination. Furthermore, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, it might indeed have diuretic properties, too. The term “diuretic” refers to promoting the formation of urine. This, in essence, enables someone to excrete excess water in several ways.
It could mean inhibiting the kidney’s ability to reabsorb sodium, which in turn enhances the loss of sodium and consequently water in the urine. It could also mean enhancing the excretion of both chloride and sodium in the urine, which in turn sees more water excreted alongside these constituents.
These are merely the primary ways that the body can have some kind of diuretic response. You can find out more information in our blog, “Is Tea A Diuretic?”
Can Too Much Peppermint Tea Cause Diarrhoea?
It’s unlikely, but not impossible, that Peppermint Tea can cause diarrhoea. While there have been some reported cases of this occurring, most will agree that it instead improves digestive health. Nevertheless, you should avoid consumption and consult a doctor should you experience diarrhoea after drinking Peppermint Tea.
Does Peppermint Tea Cause Constipation?
Again, it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that Peppermint Tea can cause constipation. For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company will always recommend you exercise caution. The advice of doctors and other health professionals should not be overlooked.
There is no guarantee, after all, that Peppermint Tea benefits, particularly those that improve digestive health, apply to everyone. It very much depends on the individual.
Peppermint Tea benefits are, put simply, extraordinary. According to countless studies, this beverage can improve daily life in small yet significant ways. Its beneficial chemical compounds are the main reason behind this.
What it lacks in caffeine content it makes up for by aiding digestion and reducing symptoms associated with colds. Just, whatever you do, don’t add milk!