Current scientific research targeting the benefits of peppermint tea confirms that this herbal tea is so good for health and wellness in many ways.
Tea (both herbal tisanes and 'true' teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant) has been valued for centuries around the world for its countless benefits for health and wellness. And now, scientific researchers are targeting tea health benefits in their studies.
Peppermint tea is an herbal tisane made from the fresh or dried leaves of the peppermint plant (Mentha piperita L.).This herbal tea, which is absolutely delicious served hot, warm, or iced, provides a multitude of health benefits as a beverage and when used topically, as well.
Peppermint is renowned in traditional herbal medicine for its ability to help and heal, and recent scientific research has studied the benefits of peppermint, too. Keep reading to learn about some of the current studies about peppermint (or, if you'd rather just read about the benefits of peppermint tea without the research details, visit our Peppermint Tea Benefits page).
A 2006 review of scientific studies targeting this widely used herb confirmed peppermint's numerous benefits for health and wellness.
Laboratory (test-tube) studies have demonstrated peppermint's antioxidant, antiviral, anti-tumor, and other benefits, and studies with human participants have confirmed peppermint's ability to improve digestion, ease IBS, help with pain management, and support the respiratory tract.
Most peppermint research has involved peppermint oil, and the reviewers commented on the lack of research studies specifically targeting peppermint tea. Interested in reading more? You'll find the research abstract for this review here.
Tender nipples are a common concern for breastfeeding mothers, and, in northwestern Iran, peppermint water is a popular treatment for preventing painful nipples during breastfeeding.
A 2005 Iranian study targeted the effectiveness of peppermint water in reducing and preventing nipple pain and injury for women who were breastfeeding. The 180 breastfeeding moms who participated in the study were randomly assigned to two groups for the 14 days of the study.
During the two weeks, the first group of moms, following each breastfeed, washed the nipples and then applied cotton soaked with peppermint water to the nipples. They washed before the next feeding.
The second group followed the same procedure, but applied cotton soaked with expressed breast milk, instead.
The study found that daily application of peppermint water resulted in significantly less nipple pain and far fewer cracks, which the researchers suggested could be due to peppermint's calming, numbing effects.
Study results also showed longer and an increased number of feedings for the peppermint-water moms, which the researchers attributed to less pain experienced during feeding time for this group.
In this study, the peppermint water was prepared by combining essential oil of peppermint with distilled water.
These aren't all of the current research studies about peppermint benefits... Keep reading here.
As more and more of us are searching for natural alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter medications (and their potential side effects and risks), we are finding that the aromatic, delicious herbal teas we've taken for granted for so long are actually chock-full of health and wellness benefits.
Peppermint tea is just one of the many herbal tisanes that is not only a delightful, refreshing beverage, but a powerhouse healing remedy, as well.