Peppermint tea is one of our favorites teas here at Cup & Leaf. You just can't beat the tingly sensation and invigorating flavor of this classic herbal tea. The herbal tea also offers a wonderful base note if you want to experiment with new flavors and try new blends. With this list of the best peppermint tea recipes, you'll find inspiration for new flavors to brew into your favorite mug.
Peppermint tea, also called mentha tea, is an herbal tisane made from the leaves of the mint plant. The peppermint leaves offer a vibrant aroma and a refreshing flavor that is often described as invigorating and uplifting. The flavor of the tea can be attributed to the high concentration of menthol in the tea leaves. While peppermint is the most common mint tea, there are other teas such as spearmint, chocolate mint, and watermint that offer similar flavors and aromas.
This herbal tea is caffeine-free so you can enjoy it at any time of the day. While the tea can be made using grocery store peppermint tea bags, the best peppermint tea flavors develop when using fresh peppermint leaves or dried loose leaf tea.
Peppermint tea is beloved not only for its flavor characteristics, but also for its health benefits. The health benefits of peppermint tea range from improved oral health to streamlined digestion. Research shows that peppermint tea may help to boost oral health by eliminating bacteria that can cause bad breath (1). Peppermint essential oils are also added to most toothpastes to offer a refreshing clean feel. The minty aroma can also help mask bad smells and works as a great alternative to chewing gum or mints after a meal.
The tea and pure peppermint oils also boast digestive benefits and may help to reduce feelings of nausea, indigestion, and an upset stomach along with gas and bloating (2) (3). Research also indicates evidence for the use of peppermint oil in treating symptoms of IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome (4). The tea has few side effects and since it has no caffeine content, it can be consumed all day long.
This tea recipe can also be brewed as a cold smoothie by tossing the ingredients into a blender and substituting matcha powder for the sencha tea. You can also add a scoop of protein powder to create an effective post-workout beverage.
While you can get peppermint tea and blends in tea bags from companies like Stash, Twinings, and Celestial Seasonings, the best peppermint teas are ones made using whole dried leaves or fresh mint leaves. The peppermint flavor is strongest when brewing using fresh leaves and the plant is hardy and easy to grow in most climates. If you really want to use tea bags, look for brands that sell peppermint tea in larger sachets that are able to contain the whole leaf rather than just the crushed up leaves typical of normal tea bags.
Organic peppermint tea is a good tea choice for people who want environmentally produced teas and great flavor. Pesticides used on peppermint crops can alter the flavor of the tea. Organic teas ensure the peppermint flavor is authentic as possible.
Peppermint tea is one of the best teas for brewing both hot and cold beverages. It’s no surprise that it is a favorite tea on most wish lists. Enjoy it as a stand-alone treat or lend it with other teas like chamomile tea, green tea, or black tea to add layered tastes. The tea may help to soothe tummy problems like heartburn and it's also a delicious pick-me-up when you need a little energy kick. Pour yourself a cup of peppermint leaf tea and enjoy the deliciously minty flavor and tingling sensation dance across your taste buds.
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