Peppermint (Mentha × Piperita) is a cross between spearmint and watermint.
Peppermint is known for its soothing, delicious flavor. Having been used as a tea for centuries, it’s extremely popular and healthy! Peppermint is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It also contains an oil called menthol, which gives this herb its sweet, refreshing flavor.
Here are five health-based facts about peppermint and what makes this herb so great in tea!
1) Peppermint is a Bacteria Killer
Scientists found that peppermint was great at killing E. Coli, Staph, Salmonella, and Listeria thanks to menthol, the peppermint plant’s oil. (1, 2)
Peppermint’s strong antibacterial and antiviral properties are why we choose this tea in our Organic Immunity Tea.
2) Peppermint Improves Focus & Clarity
A test conducted using encapsulated peppermint oils found that participants who consumed peppermint performed better with cognitive tasks and experienced less mental fatigue than those who took a placebo. (3)
Peppermint is a valuable ingredient in our Organic Brain Health tea. Designed to improve mental clarity and focus.
3) Allergy Fighter
Rosmarinic Acid, a compound found in herbs like holy basil, thyme, and rosemary, is also found in peppermint! (4). Rosmarinic Acid has been shown to reduce the effects of allergies (an overreaction of the immune system) – including runny noses, itchy eyes, and inflammation. (5, 6, 7)
Our latest tea, Organic Allergy Relief, utilizes peppermint not just for its delicious taste but also because it makes an excellent allergy-fighting ingredient!
4) A Great Bedtime Herb
Peppermint is an excellent choice for relaxation and sleep. Not only is it free of caffeine, but it’s also a natural muscle relaxant. (8)
Our Organic Sleeping Tranquilitea uses peppermint along with chamomile and lavender to help you relax and fall asleep.
5) Indigestion Relief
Plenty of research exists on peppermint and indigestion. Peppermint’s antibacterial, anti-inflammation, and muscle relaxant properties make this herb great at treating gas, bloating, and indigestion. (9, 10, 11)
Check out our Organic Tummy Balance tea. Designed for overall stomach health, this tea features peppermint!