Potential Peppermint Tea Side Effects, Cautions, and Contraindications

Are there any peppermint tea side effects you should be aware of? Even if you absolutely love peppermint tea, it's essential to be aware of any potential risks or side effects in drinking or topical use of peppermint herbal tea. 

Peppermint tea is brimming with health benefits and good taste and, because it's an herbal tea, it's natural to assume this tea has nothing but goodness in it for you.

However, although peppermint tea is generally considered safe and beneficial for healthy adults, it's still important to make sure this tea is a good fit for you before you add it to your diet, especially in large amounts.

So, as with any new tea you're thinking of adding to your diet, ask your healthcare provider or herbal practitioner if there are any peppermint tea side effects, risks, or contraindications for you in drinking this herbal tea (or in using it topically).

Here are some possible side effects and contraindications to be aware of before you brew a cup of peppermint herbal tea.

GERD and peppermint tea side effects

If you suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or have a hiatal hernia, peppermint tea may not be a good choice for you.

While some people have found that peppermint tea helps to relieve the symptoms of GERD and hiatal hernia, others have found that drinking peppermint tea actually significantly worsens the heartburn and indigestion that typically accompany these conditions.

Peppermint tea is well known as a relaxant and, as such, it may relax the sphincter muscle (which lies between the esophagus and the stomach) to such a point that stomach acids begin to flow back into the esophagus.

Be sure to approach peppermint tea with caution if you have either of these conditions.

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Is peppermint tea good for nursing moms and moms-to-be?

If you are pregnant or planning to fall pregnant, please avoid peppermint tea until you have asked your healthcare professional about the safety of this tea for you.

Peppermint oil is considered to have emmenagogue effects (meaning it may stimulate uterine blood flow and potentially put your pregnancy at risk).

While only a small amount of peppermint oil is found in peppermint tea, please be cautious and talk to your healthcare provider before consuming or using this tisane topically when you are expecting (especially if you have a history of miscarriage).

Little is known about peppermint tea side effects while breastfeeding, so please check with your healthcare professional before drinking peppermint herbal tea if you're a nursing mom, and she or he can help you make the best decision for you and your little one.

Peppermint and Pregnancy

Because peppermint oil encourages and regulates uterine bleeding, be sure to avoid use of this oil during your pregnancy. If you have aromatherapeutic massages while expecting, ensure that your massage therapist doesn't use peppermint oil or any other essential oil with emmenagogue effects, such as chamomile, jasmine, or rose. If you are unsure as to whether any oil or herbal tea can be used safely during your pregnancy, please schedule a visit to your healthcare professional and ask for her or his advice. 

Is peppermint tea good for infants and children?

Peppermint tea is generally considered to be too strong for babies and small children, and may cause a burning sensation in the mouth or even breathing difficulties. As such, it is essential that you consult with your healthcare provider before giving peppermint tea or using it topically for your infant or young child.

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You'll find more potential risks and side effects of peppermint tea here.

It's best to have a chat with your healthcare professional before you add any new tea in significant amounts to your diet. And, be sure to read up on any possible side effects or contraindications in drinking or topical use of any tea you've been thinking of trying. 

In general, peppermint herbal tea is a safe, healthy beverage that provides a host of benefits for health and wellness, not only when enjoyed hot, warm, or iced, but when used topically or aromatherapeutically, as well.

From relieving anxiety to soothing a troubled tummy to easing aches and pains, this tea is so very good for physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.

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