Research about the Benefits of Peppermint Tea

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).

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A review of peppermint's health benefits

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.

Peppermint Tea Recipes

To enjoy the many health benefits of peppermint tea, try our simple, delicious peppermint tea recipe. This herbal tea is wonderfully delightful hot, iced, or even at room temperature! 

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.

Benefits of peppermint for breastfeeding moms

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.

Benefits of peppermint tea for breastfeeding moms

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.

Research about the Benefits of Peppermint Tea

While minimal research has targeted the benefits of peppermint tea, numerous scientific studies have focused on peppermint oil benefits. As peppermint tea does contain a small amount of peppermint oil, the benefits of peppermint oil may potentially apply to peppermint tea, as well.

In this study, the peppermint water was prepared by combining essential oil of peppermint with distilled water.

Click here to read more about this study.

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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.

Does peppermint tea have any side effects?

We tend to think of herbal teas and remedies as risk-free, since they're 'all natural.' While, in general, herbal teas are safe, beneficial beverages for most healthy adults, it's still essential to learn about any potential risks or side effects in drinking or topical use of any new tea. Yes, the many benefits of peppermint tea are wonderful, but be sure to read about the potential side effects of peppermint herbal tea here.

More about Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint Tea Benefits - Discover the multitude of ways soothing, delicious, fragrant peppermint tea is so very good for health and wellness.

Peppermint Tea Benefits & You! - Read what other visitors to our site have to say about peppermint tea benefits, and why not share about your experience with peppermint tea, too?

Peppermint Tea Recipes - Whether you love your peppermint tea hot, iced, or even in a therapeutic peppermint tea steam, you'll find a recipe - plus tips for making peppermint tea - here!

Growing Peppermint - Did you know it's very simple to grow and harvest your own peppermint? Just imagine... you'll be able to enjoy fresh, fragrant peppermint tea whenever you want! 

Your Tips for Growing and Harvesting Peppermint - If you have some helpful suggestions for growing and harvesting your own peppermint for tea, please share them with our other budding gardeners! And see comments and tips from other visitors to our site, too.

Peppermint Tea Side Effects - Be sure to stay informed about any potential peppermint tea side effects, risks, and contraindications for you and your family.

Peppermint Tea Research - Learn about current scientific research targeting the benefits of peppermint herbal tea.

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