What Are the Health Benefits of Mint Tea?

Although peppermint tea has been used for centuries to relieve a variety of ailments, scientific evaluation of the health benefits of peppermint tea, as of 2010, is in the early stages, according to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Peppermint tea, with low side effects, may be a viable alternative for pharmaceuticals in some situations. Talk to your physician before treating any health condition with peppermint tea.

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Upset Stomach

A cup of peppermint tea will soothe an upset stomach and relieve heartburn, according to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Although peppermint tea may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, enteric-coated tablets are believed to be more effective. Make tea for an upset stomach by pouring boiling water over 1 to 2 tsp. of dried peppermint leaves. Allow the tea to steep for five minutes. Brew peppermint tea from fresh peppermint leaves, dried tea leaves or tea bags.

Mental Focus

Peppermint tea has a cool, refreshing flavor and an invigorating aroma that can help drivers stay alert, focused and less anxious. The aroma of peppermint tea can boost mental performance and promote focus, making tea a useful drink for students, employees in the workplace or anytime alertness and energy are required.

Coughs and Congestion

The menthol in a hot cup of herbal tea can help loosen congestion and relieve coughing associated with colds and allergies. Peppermint tea thins the mucus and acts as an expectorant to break up coughs, and can also relieve dry cough and sore throat, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Drink four to five cups of peppermint tea per day, between meals. Drink the tea as is, or add a few drops of lemon juice or a lemon slice.

Bad Breath

Peppermint tea can relieve bad breath caused by smoking, drinking alcohol or eating onions or garlic. Drink the peppermint tea hot or iced. Alternatively, gargle with cool peppermint tea.

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