Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Spearmint tea is a herbal tea made with spearmint leaves, which offer numerous health benefits. It has a refreshing mint taste and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Loose leaf spearmint tea is a great way to enjoy it as the loose leaves release more of their flavour when brewed than teabags. You can also adjust the strength to suit your preference by changing how much spearmint you use or how long you steep your tea.
This herbal tea is caffeine-free and contains no added sugar, making it an excellent alternative for those who want to reduce their caffeine or sugar intake. It's also easier on the digestive system than other caffeinated beverages.
What is Spearmint Tea
Spearmint, a perennial herb originating in Europe and Asia, is quickly becoming naturalised across much of North America. An aromatic part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), this fragrant herb has become more than just an interesting accent to cooking - it may also be used therapeutically.
This vibrant plant stands proudly at 0.6 metres, with bright-green lance-shaped leaves and cylindrical flower spikes of pinkish or lilac forming whorls in the axils of its upper foliage. An eye-catching addition to any garden!
History of Spearmint
It has had a long history in Britain, beginning with its introduction during the Roman period nearly one millennium ago. The aromatic herb then spread across the countryside and was well-documented by botanists throughout time; most notably, John Gerard in 1597 who noted Spearmint Tea's numerous benefits within his book "Herbal".
“It 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 lay it on the stinging of wasps and bees with success”.
Commenting on his fondness for the herb, John Gerard said:
“The smell rejoiceth the heart of man, for which cause they used to strew it in chambers and places of recreation, pleasure and repose, where feasts and banquets are made”.
How to Make Spearmint Tea
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Brewing up Spearmint Tea, regardless of whether you choose a standalone infusion or a Tea blend, is relatively straightforward.
First, decide whether you want a traditional, herbaceous cuppa or our Liquorice and Spearmint Tea (sweet infusion like no other). Next, follow these easy steps:
1. You need the herb and an Infuser
Put Loose Leaf Tea Spearmint Herbal Tea into a Filter or Tea Infuser.
2. Boil the Kettle to 100 Degrees
Boil water, ensuring it’s fresh for better oxygen levels - and, ultimately, improved taste.
3. Place the Spearmint Tea in your Cup
Place the Tea Filter / Infuser into a cup, a porcelain cup is the preferred option because it has the least influence on the flavour.
4. Now its time to Infuse the Spearmint
Pour freshly boiled water into your cup.
5. Steep Spearmint Tea for 5 to 8 Minutes
Allow it to steep / brew for AT LEAST 5 minutes and NO MORE THAN 10 minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger it tastes.
Tasting Notes: Spearmint Tea has an intense flavour profile and a fresh, clean taste that is delicately sweet. The aroma of spearmint is both refreshing and uplifting. Enjoy spearmint tea iced or hot!
Caffeine Level: No, spearmint tea does not contain caffeine. It is a herbal tea made with spearmint leaves which are naturally caffeine-free. This makes spearmint tea a great alternative to other caffeinated drinks. Furthermore, spearmint tea contains no added sugar making it an excellent choice for those looking to reduce their sugar intake.
Spearmint vs Peppermint Tea
Peppermint and Spearmint tea provide distinctively different palate experiences depending on your preference. Peppermint offers a bolder, spicier flavour with its high menthol content delivering an invigorating coolness to the taste buds while Spearmint provides more of a sweet sensation making it ideal for iced teas. Both can be enjoyed in their dried or fresh leaf formats for maximum flavour satisfaction!
Peppermint is a refreshing treat, with its robust menthol content of 40% - compared to the lowly .05% found in spearmint. It's this high concentration that gives peppermint such an intense cooling sensation and makes it ideal for medicinal uses as well. The flavour of spearmint comes from carvone instead; sweeter than peppery mint but not quite so temperature-lowering!
They are especially beneficial after big meals because of their digestive support capabilities. Enjoy this healthy beverage to enhance your day!
What is Spearmint Tea Good For
Spearmint Tea is a healthful herbal beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold. It offers an array of unique benefits that make it a great addition to any diet.
The active ingredient in spearmint tea, carvacrol, has been linked to several potential health benefits including, reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and improving respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
Additionally, spearmint tea can be used to help women manage hormonal imbalances associated with PMS and menopause symptoms. Finally, spearmint tea is also known for its calming effects which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Learn more about Spearmint Tea Benefits.
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin