Peppermint tea is a popular flavor of tea that is consumed all over the world. It is popular not just for its taste, but for medicinal purposes as well. The scientific name of peppermint tea is Mentha piperita and it is a cross between water mint and spearmint.
Peppermint is a popular scent in oils, soaps, breath mints and even candy. Its relaxing effect may be the reason it is so popular amongst users. Peppermint is native to Europe and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
Current studies indicate peppermint tea has positive effects on numerous things such as headaches, the digestive system, sinus problems, and stomach issues. The tea has even been labeled “The Healer” of the tea family.
Benefit #1: Digestion
No one like feeling gassy or bloated. These are some of our worst days and we all wish for a cure that will magically rid us of digestive problems. Well luckily, peppermint may ease digestion upsets.
The reason behind peppermints positive effect on the digestive system is its ability to relax muscles and keep them from contracting, which is what causes muscle spasms in our guts. In one study, participants with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition which affects the intestines, were given peppermint for two weeks. After the two weeks, participants reported feelings of relief from cramps and bloating in comparison to the placebo group.