Health Benefits of Mint Tea

Mentha piperita, peppermint tea or mint tea is an infusion of peppermint which is a cross between a watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). This is according to Wikipedia.

My personal knowledge of the mint tea however, is that it is a refreshing drink, whether hot or cold. It has soothing properties that benefits the digestive and nervous system. Drinking mint tea after a meal also helps prevent foul breath which is a good choice of beverage, especially if you’re on a date.

Mint, in general offers a lot of health benefits. Aside from making mint tea, it may also be used in the culinary field. In Thailand for instance, it is common to eat mint leaves raw together with a spicy dish. Its menthol properties counter the effects of strong chili flavors.

Nutritional benefits of mint

The nutritional benefits of mint includes:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Folate
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Riboflavin
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Flavonoids
  • Menthol
  • Mint is also 0-cholesterol; and is low on calories.

Health benefits of mint tea

The mint itself has a lot of therapeutic properties.

Its tea is good for our digestive health. It has a soothing effect to our digestive tract. Drinking mint is good for people suffering from acid gastritis, reflux, GERD, or heartburns; and even constipation or diarrhea.

Mint tea soothes our nerves, as well. Drinking mint tea is a very simple anti-stress formula. People with chronic migraines will benefit a lot from drinking mint tea.

It's due to this relaxing effect however and while it contains folate, women who are in the early stages of pregnancy should avoid drinking mint tea. This is to avoid their abdominal muscles to be too relaxed.

Mint tea are good analgesic and anti-inflammatory agents. Perhaps you have menthol oils or ointments at home which you use to relieve insect bites or rashes. Mint is calming to the nerves with its mild sedative effect.

Notice how most toothpaste have a menthol feel? That's because peppermint or mint by nature is a good breath freshener. Some also use peppermint to treat gingivitis.

Mint’s Vitamin B, Vitamin C, calcium and potassium contents also help boost our immune system. For this reason, drinking mint tea may be used as first aids to common colds.

Drinking mint tea is also good for weight loss. Most mint teas are caffeine-free. They contain 0-cholesterol and very low in calories. More so, it’s energy-giving as well with its carbohydrate, Vitamin B and Vitamin C contents.

Have you tried mint tea today?

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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks mama kim. We always have this tea at home... along with many others. :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks djeff! And nice seeing you here.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Very true, ChristyWrites. That's why I love it so much.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for visiting me again RTalloni. I'll make some tea tonight. Yay!!


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Mama Kim 8 3 years ago

I love mint tea ^_^ Thanks to you now I feel even better about drinking it! What a lovely herb. voting up and useful!


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djeff37 4 years ago from Converse, TX

good hub on the benefits of mint and mint tea.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Mint tea has so many benefits! Thank-you


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

We've been enjoying mint tea during our cool fall evenings. Now I know why we like it! Thanks for an informative look at a great tasting tea.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi sweetie! Glad to help. Yeap, we always have tea at home. Hot or cold... hihihi :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

We in North India usually have two to three cups of tea daily but I didn't know it had so many vitamins and other things . Thanks for so much information.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks susie! I love raspberry tea. It's a bit expensive here though...hihi..


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks correct vespa! Drinking mint tea has many benefits.


SusieQ42 4 years ago

Voted up and interesting and useful, beingwell. I used to pick blackberry or raspberry leaves and dry them, then make iced tea with both the berry leaves and mint that I grew in my garden. Yum...it was such a refreshing drink on a warm summer day! Thanks for sharing and God bless!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I didn't know mint tea had so many nutritional benefits! I do love the taste of it, though, and I like that it's soothing to the digestive tract. Great hub! Voted up!


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

That's true, @dinkan! I really love its menthol freshness.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for commenting MOL!


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Really great to have mint tea after a heavy meal, which is good for overall digestive health. Happy to know more benefits of mint tea. Rated up, useful and shared.


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Wow really a great information for healthier tea. Great

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