What is Peppermint Good for?
There are many health benefits in a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint has earned its qualification as a superfood, right alongside blueberries and broccoli. Peppermint leaves have been used since Ancient Egypt to aid with digestion and soothe the stomach. Now, people use peppermint tea for nausea, headaches, and bad breath, but there are many other uses.
Effects of Peppermint Tea:
Peppermint Tea and Digestive Health
Studies have shown peppermint can actually relieve nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. It may also help reduce light sensitivity and nausea related to migraines and tension headaches. Scientists believe this is due to the menthol in peppermint. Peppermint is seen as helpful to the entire digestive system, in part due to its increase in bile production (explained later under Liver Health).
While pepermint tea can be great for an upset stomach, a small portion of the population may experience increased acid reflux as a side effect of the menthol. This is why spearmint can be an effective backup due to having less menthol and less of a bite.
Peppermint Tea and Your Teeth
Using peppermint for teeth health isn’t just an old wive’s tail. Besides warding off bad breath, WebMD weighed in to explain that there is an antibacterial property in peppermint that prevents bacteria from forming a film on your teeth, helping to prevent cavities! These same antimicrobial properties can help to fight off the common cold and expel infected mucus. See our Healthy Teeth Tea for more great teeth and gum health ingredients.
All of this adds up to peppermint helping to improve breathing. Besides helping to get rid of unwanted, excess mucus, peppermint has a compound called rosmarinic acid that can lower the body’s histamine response to allergens (swelling, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc.). This is why we use peppermint in both our Allergy Relief and our Throat Clarity teas.
Peppermint Tea and Gut Health
Studies also suggest that the menthol in peppermint (the part that gives it more of a bite than spearmint) can help lessen the length and pain experienced during the menstrual cycle. There was even an experiment using peppermint oil on E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus (responsible for pneumonia and other ailments), and scientists found peppermint can kill all of those bacteria!
The same oils that help target E. coli and salmonella are believed to help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). All of this suggests that peppermint tea is good for gut health (part of why we include it in our Tummy Balance tea).
Peppermint Tea and Liver Health
Peppermint tea can help the liver by increasing bile production in the body. This helps burn fat and lower cholesterol levels, taking some of the burden off of the liver to do this same job. This same function often helps to relieve bloating and gas.
Peppermint Tea and Kidney Health
The antibacterial properties of peppermint that let it fight IBS, salmonella, and many other bacteria, is also very helpful in preventing kidney stones and generally promoting kidney health. The University of Maryland Medical Center says that peppermint tea is safe, even in larger quantities.
Some animal studies suggest that peppermint can also lower tension and blood pressure! Hence why it has been used in essential oils as a muscle relaxant and to help prevent high blood pressure.
This amazing little plant and all it can do is part of why you’ll find peppermint in many of our blends. As an added bonus, peppermint is caffeine free, so you can enjoy it all day long.