What Are The Benefits of Peppermint Tea? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

by Bernadine Tay February 02, 2022

Lady enjoying a cup of peppermint tea

No matter what tea we drink, from herbaceous green tea to sweet white teas, we always consider one important thing when picking our next drink - the taste. Each tea is wonderfully unique, and so are its flavours. But one category in particular is ripe with plentiful benefits to not only your health but to your quality of life.

Peppermint offers many perks, not just its refreshing taste. In fact, its perks, flavour and aroma are why we include peppermint leaves, along with spearmint and sweet blackberry leaves, in our delicious mint tea - Mellow Mint.

So, the question is often asked - what exactly can peppermint tea offer you? We're going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about peppermint tea itself and the benefits it can provide.


Q. What is peppermint tea?

A. If you have never tried drinking peppermint tea for yourself before, or simply wish to know more about what you are drinking, then this is quite a useful question.

To understand what peppermint tea is, we must delve into its past. One of many mint plants primarily used as herbs, peppermint was originally believed to have been used as far back as the 11th century in Ancient Egypt but was since officially recorded much later in 18th century Britain by an esteemed botanist named Carl Linnaeus.

Through further research and study over time, it was discovered that peppermint was in fact a hybrid plant between two other mint plants - water mint and spearmint. Peppermint leaves were recorded as sharp in their shape, while other mint leaves can be more rounded in comparison. Being a plant that grows on many continents, peppermint was eventually adapted to teas and soon spread across the world, enjoyed by many today.


Q. Does peppermint tea have a minty flavour?

A. It is a widely known fact that peppermint is the source of a natural minty scent and flavour. Its properties are surprisingly similar to that of spearmint, though peppermint contains a much higher menthol content, a product that we will discuss in greater detail later on.

The peppermint tea leaves contain natural oils. These natural oils found within the leaves help to convey the calming taste of mint across the tea, leaving your taste buds with a fresh, slightly sweet flavour when consumed.


Q. What are the benefits of peppermint tea?

Peppermint tea has many benefits, including health benefits. Many of these are a result of the essential oils found in peppermint oil, such as menthol, menthone and limonene.

Below, we have answered some of the commonly asked questions related to the benefits of peppermint tea.


Peppermint tea at bathtime


Q. Would peppermint tea solve bad breath?

A. As some of you may know, peppermint is mostly employed as a popular flavour in most toothpastes, certain delectable sweets and the infamous chewing gum. But why is that?

Peppermint is able to eliminate most dental plaque that may build up over time. Because of this, peppermint tea may help to keep your mouth healthier and cleaner overall, which will help disguise any unwanted bad breath. As well as this, peppermint tea's antibacterial properties can help to keep any pesky germs at bay - just one of the many health benefits of peppermint tea.


Q. Can peppermint tea prevent colds?

A. As mentioned previously, peppermint, as well as peppermint tea, has antibacterial properties, and so is capable of staving off any unwanted germs. Drinking peppermint tea could also expose you to anti-inflammatory and antiviral benefits. Things such as the common cold, most allergies and even infections that could break down your immune system are all eligible to be calmed or prevented by the ingredients of peppermint tea.

Menthol, a natural ingredient present within the tea leaves, is able to prevent coughing, by working with receptors in your throat. A beneficial trait if you happen to be already suffering from a cold or suffer from severe coughing.

But the health benefits of peppermint tea do not stop there.


Q. Does peppermint tea clear blocked noses?

A. As well as protecting your immune system from viruses and colds, peppermint tea could indeed keep your nose clear and safe from blocking, mostly because of the ingredient menthol. It can clear your sinuses by aiding the airflow through the nasal cavity.

Blocked noses are sometimes caused by swelling in the blood vessels in the nose, which causes it to block. Menthol's anti-inflammatory properties also help to keep any unwanted swelling down, relieving the congestion that may build up over time.


Peppermint tea on the windowsill


Q. What about relief for headaches and migraines?

A. Peppermint tea is very useful for easing pain caused by headaches and migraines. This wonder beverage is able to relieve nerves that send signals to your brain, which may sometimes cause a headache to occur. Because peppermint tea can help to provide relief in the gut and digestive system, in particular, it can also give that all-important relief we crave when our heads ache.


Q. Is drinking peppermint tea beneficial to those who suffer from IBS?

A. IBS, more commonly referred to as irritable bowel syndrome, is a very unpleasant lifelong condition in which abdominal pain and other digestive-related symptoms frequently occur. Some of these include constipation, cramps and even bloating. It is these effects on the digestive system that can become a pain in everyday life, though there is some hope for potentially relieving the symptoms brought on from this medical condition.

Peppermint oil has been proven to have a positive effect on a vast number of these symptoms, and so can already be prescribed in capsules to relieve some effects of irritable bowel syndrome. However, there is a suggestion that the benefits of peppermint tea may also help.

Peppermint tea is mostly used to calm digestive issues, and therefore drinking peppermint tea has been known to give relief to abdominal pains, indigestion, constipation and severe bloating. Because of these useful health benefits, providing relief for your stomach, peppermint tea is a strong choice for those that currently suffer from IBS, as a few cups of the tea can be incorporated easily into your daily regime.

If you would like to learn a little more about how a cup of peppermint tea can help to improve digestion,click here to read our blog.


Q. Will peppermint tea help me lose weight?

A. Peppermint tea is also known to give not just health benefits, but benefits for weight loss and calorie counting too. While peppermint tea does not directly affect your weight, it does lessen your appetite for food. This means you won't feel as obliged to consume as much as you normally would, which correlates with weight loss. A useful fact if you are currently wishing to cut back on food consumption to achieve an all-around healthier lifestyle.


A cup of peppermint tea in bed


Q. What about the calorie count?

A. Have you been watching your daily intake of food because the calorie count seems forever too high? Then peppermint tea is a perfect drink to take your mind out of the numbers and into its soothing flavour. Peppermint tea contains no calories, which makes this drink a treat you can enjoy no matter what stage of healthier living you are undertaking, and no matter your daily calorie intake, which can flux as time passes.

Peppermint tea is also caffeine-free. Because the tea is caffeine-free, tea drinkers will not have to worry about staying awake at night because of a caffeine boost...


Q. Can peppermint tea help me with sleep and focus?

A. Since peppermint tea contains no caffeine and acts as a muscle relaxant, then there is no need to plan when to enjoy your next cup to avoid being kept awake at night. With peppermint tea, say a fond farewell to restless nights fighting for your much-deserved sleep.

As well as enabling you to get a good night's sleep, meaning you wake up feeling refreshed, peppermint tea has been suggested to increase alertness and focus by deeply inhaling its minty fresh fragrance.

If you would like to learn a little more about how a cup of peppermint tea before bed can help you sleep better and improve your energy levels,click here to read our blog.


Q. Can peppermint tea provide relief from allergies?

Although not fully researched, peppermint tea may be able to help soothe the symptoms associated with pesky allergies. The peppermint plant contains Rosmarinus acid, which has been linked to a reduction in the side effects of allergic reactions, such as runny nose, itchy eyes and asthma. All of which are common in hayfever and other allergies.

In one study, 29 people with seasonal allergies had fewer symptoms of itchy nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms when given an oral supplement containing Rosmarinus acid.

It is still unknown whether the amount of Rosmarinus acid found in peppermint is enough to affect allergy symptoms, but at least there is some evidence that peppermint tea may relieve your allergies.


Q. Should I try peppermint tea?

A. With a bounty of benefits on offer, from soothing allergies and losing pounds to relieving unpleasant digestive symptoms, peppermint tea seemingly offers a perk for everyone. Even those with existing health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, might find switching to this minty drink a worthwhile choice.

At Quinteassential, we aim to bring you closer to your next tasty cup of tea. Our Mellow Mint blend can provide you with all of the benefits talked about above, all whilst experiencing a unique mint tea (combining peppermint and spearmint with a hint of delicious sweetness) in the comfort of your own home.

We would love to hear from you if your question wasn’t answered above – simply email us at hello@quinteassential.co.uk. In the meantime, click here to find out more and experience Mellow Mint.


Mellow Mint Tea by Quinteassential


*Please note that the information in this article has not been written from a medical perspective nor is it medical advice. Always consult with a doctor if you have any specific medical conditions.