Friday, January 20, 2017

Why Drink Peppermint Tea?

Why Drink Peppermint Tea - a Twinings Peppermint Tea Review
Twinings Peppermint Tea - Photography by Lou's Designs
As I review Twinings Peppermint Tea Bags let me also answer the question 'why drink peppermint tea?' - you might be surprised at the range of benefits this delicious beverage has.

I will admit to a bias - I love, love, love peppermint tea, but who wouldn't?  I touched very briefly on why I enjoy peppermint tea on my fun tea infuser review as I usually enjoy fresh peppermint leaves steeped in boiling water.

Sometimes, however you need another source and my go to commercial brand is Twinings Pure Peppermint tea bags.

When you're unable to use fresh leaves for whatever reason then tea bags are a great idea, but I've also just discovered (thanks to Amazon) that you can buy Twinings peppermint tea in K-Cups as well which I know a lot of people use.


Why Do I Recommend Twinings Peppermint Tea Bags?


Twinings Pure Peppermint is a tea that I really enjoy and I first came across it a few years ago when I managed to kill my peppermint plant - apparently they can't be killed, but as I've said to my daughter on numerous occasions there's no such word as can't!   I had to find a replacement as I'd come to really enjoy my cup of peppermint tea after lunch so I set off on a mission to find some peppermint tea bags.

Looking at my supermarket's tea selection I couldn't find the two brands that I had previously tried (when living in New Zealand) so it was really luck of the draw that I decided to try Twinings Pure Peppermint.  Well not just luck, but three very good reasons - 
  1. The name Twinings is synonomous with good tea
  2. They were available in a 10 bag size - ideal for sampling
  3. They were on a very good special
Once I sat down to my first cup I was very happy that I had decided on this brand as it really is delicious.   I work a few days a week in an office so I leave a few peppermint tea bags there so that I don't have to miss out on my peppermint tea when I don't have my plant handy (although making my own is my still my favorite way of enjoying this beverage).



Why Drink Peppermint Tea?


The main reason I enjoy drinking peppermint tea is because it's delicious and I love the taste!   There are lots of health benefits for drinking it as well, though and it's always nice when something that is good for you also tastes delicious!

Here's some of the benefits of peppermint tea -


  • Aids digestion, including bloating, cramping, vomiting & nausea - even motion sickness can be helped with peppermint tea.
  • Boosts your immune system - it has known anti-bacterial properties which means it can help ease symptoms of illness (especially colds, flus and sinus problems) and it can also act as a preventative.
  • Helps bad breath - it doesn't just make your mouth feel fresh and smell clean from the menthol (that's what gives you the minty flavor), but because of the anti-bacterial properties it can kill off germs that cause haliotis.
  • Helps with concentration - more on that below!
  • Can provide stress relief - menthol (an active ingredient in peppermint tea) has natural sedative and anti-spasmodic properties which combined together really helps to ease stress while the anti-inflammatory properties can help to lower blood pressure allowing you to relax.
  • Helps with headaches and migraines - because of how it helps with stress and sinus (two causes of headaches) peppermint tea can be very helpful.
  • Offers sinus relief - menthol is a natural decongestant which means it provides relief from sinus pressure, it also soothes a sore throat which is handy if the sinus congestion is from a cold or flu.   I've seen it recommended to add honey to peppermint tea for sinus, colds and flus, but I've never added honey myself.

There are lots more health benefits, it's almost sounding like a superfood isn't it?   I should add however that when taking herbal infusions for a medical reason you should always talk to your doctor.  Menthol has been known to cause typically mild allergic reactions in some people so if in doubt consult a medical professional.


Why I Drink Peppermint Tea At Lunchtime


I always enjoy my peppermint tea after eating my lunch (I sometimes enjoy it at other times, but this is my favorite time).  As I've said I enjoy the flavor, it leaves my mouth feeling lovely and fresh and I also think it helps with my digestion.

I have also discovered that I concentrate better in the afternoon if I've had a peppermint tea after lunch - no more '3pm fog brain' for me.  I had been wondering if this increased concentration was just a placebo effect, but apparently there have been scientific studies (and here was me thinking I'd 'discovered' this all by myself!).

A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that peppermint tea can increase focus and concentration.   Another study by the University of Cincinnati found that the scent of peppermint was even better at boosting alertness, concentration and improving memory than actually drinking the tea.

Now I'm not going to just sniff the tea and not drink it, but I take the study to mean - sit down, relax, cradle your cup/mug of precious peppermint tea and inhale the scent while also sipping slowly on it. Once it's finished you'll be set for a very productive afternoon!

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't realize Peppermint Tea had so many good properties. I agree that it's wonderful when you find out that something you simply enjoy is actually also good for you. I usually have coffee in the morning and only very seldom do I have tea. This week has brought discoveries of many medicinal reasons to drink tea, as well as enjoying the flavor. I think I will now add an 'afternoon' tea break to my routine. Thank you for this interesting and informative review, Louanne.

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    1. Peppermint tea is a great way to start an afternoon tea tradition Elf, even without the health benefits there's just something 'fresh' about mint :)

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  2. Peppermint tea can often be very soothing to the body and the mind. Great for stomach aches. :)

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  3. What an amazing tea! I have some on hand for company, but have never tried Peppermint tea myself. I will definitely be fixing myself my first cup this weekend. Do you sweeten you peppermint tea, or is that not necessary?

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    1. I've never sweetened peppermint tea personally, but then I don't tend to add sugar to any of my teas so it probably depends on your personal preference.

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  4. Always loved Peppermint tea. We like to drink it cold in the summertime, it is very refreshing.

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    1. I keep thinking it would be nice cold, but I've never gotten around to chilling it - too impatient!

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  5. It's been a while since I've enjoyed peppermint tea. My plants died out during the drought. Maybe it's time to get back in the habit with packaged peppermint tea.

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    1. I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy a commercial tea after being used to making my own, but Twinings Pure Peppermint really does taste nice Barb, I think you'd enjoy having some in the house until you get new plants growing.

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  6. Great heads-up on this brand - I do drink peppermint tea as well - I'll try this brand when I'm out - great for digestion and tummy issues - apparently my mother put peppermint extract on my soother when I was a baby to calm me - and until recently, I hated peppermint lol

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  7. Don't laugh.... but I cannot drink hot drinks (tea, coffee, cocoa...). However, I like a mint leaf or two in my ice water. I bet I'd like some of this mint tea over ice! I'll have to try it.

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