Does Peppermint Tea Help With High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is defined as a blood pressure reading higher than 140/90, reports the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder to move your blood through your body to supply your vital organs with oxygen and nutrients. Hypertension may increase your risk for serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, heart failure and kidney failure.

A peppermint plant growing in a garden. (Image: draganajokmanovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Peppermint Tea and Hypertension

Consuming peppermint tea regularly may help to lower your blood pressure, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, although the evidence is still very preliminary. Make a cup of peppermint tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in one cup of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes.

Side Effects and Safety

Speak with your doctor before drinking large amounts of peppermint tea. The tea is generally safe for healthy people, even in large amounts, although it may cause heartburn or allergic reactions. Avoid peppermint tea if you are pregnant or nursing, suffer from reflux disease or diabetes or take blood pressure medications. Avoid other forms of peppermint, such as peppermint oil, which is even more likely to cause side effects and medication interactions.

Other Hypertension Treatments

Speak to your doctor about making diet and lifestyle changes to prevent and help treat high blood pressure. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking and find a way to manage stress, advises the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

A Note of Caution

Avoid self-treating your high blood pressure with peppermint tea, or drinking the tea to replace treatments prescribed by your doctor. The evidence for the benefits of peppermint tea is still very preliminary and comes from animal studies. Further studies are needed to verify that the benefits apply to humans as well.

Load Comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.