A Guide to Peppermint (Tea) Infusions

Herbal tea has taken the world by storm exciting tea connoisseurs everywhere. One such infusion is Peppermint Tea, which has gained popularity in the past few years. Like all other herbal teas, peppermint infusions aren’t true teas; it’s a concoction made of dried mint leaves and hot water. However, unlike most herbal teas,

peppermint infusions are known for a variety of benefits which range from freshening your breath to improving mental health and boosting immunity.

What is Peppermint Tea?

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a combination of Watermint and Spearmint and is the most popular variation in the mint family. Peppermint leaves contain menthol, menthone, and limonene all of which contribute to the unique taste and smell of the herbal infusion.

Peppermint infusion is made by seeping dried mint leaves in hot water. Dilmah offers a variety of peppermint (teas) infusions including Pure Peppermint Leaves as well as a range of flavoured teas.

What Does Peppermint Tea Taste like?

Mint tea has a cool flavour that is followed by a tingling finish. The refreshing cooling sensation offered by peppermint tea is much like an edible mist. Some peppermint infusions have touches of green tea or fruity and vanilla flavours depending on the blend. The tea is famous for its pleasant aroma that revitalizes the senses.

Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea:
  • It Freshens Your Breath:

Peppermint oil extract and flavour are widely used in breath mints and toothpastes. It is because the presence of menthol in peppermint creates a fresh and cool aroma. It also has antibacterial properties that ward off infections such as dental plaque. Peppermint infusions, for this reason aren’t just sweet and healthy, but they also provide a refreshing minty scent. This makes it the ideal beverage to drink after a meal.

  • It Relieves Headaches:

Peppermint tisanes are used all over the world as a cure for tension headaches and migraines. It is also scientifically proven to be an effective muscle relaxant which in turn helps ease tensed muscles in the forehead and temples. Consuming peppermint infusions would also help increase the blood flow to your head, so you won’t feel dizzy and lightheaded.

  • It Improves Digestive Health:

Peppermint tea has been used in traditional medicine to relieve discomforts in the digestive system. It is also known for its abilities to reduce spasms. The menthol compounds found in peppermint leaves also lessen the intensity of nausea and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. If you suffer from indigestion, gastritis or stomach burn, a cup of Dilmah Pure Peppermint Tea will relieve your pain.

  • It Relieves Menstrual Pains:

Menstrual pains and cramps could be reduced through the consumption of peppermint infusions, due to the muscle relaxant properties present. Regularly drinking this beverage could reduce the intensity of menstrual pains.

  • It Boosts Immunity:

Peppermint has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities that aid in relieving sinus symptoms. It also improves the airflow in nasal cavities and allows you to breathe easily. The combination of the cooling effects of menthol and hot water also decreases fever by inducing sweat and detoxing your body. Moreover, consuming this beverage everyday would also supply potassium and vitamin B to your body thereby strengthening your immune system.

  • Develops Cognitive Functions:

Peppermint infusions improve mental clarity and reduce fatigue, leaving you rejuvenated with a better ability to focus on daily tasks. It is also used in aromatherapy and ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress and anxiety due to its calming properties. The anti-inflammatory qualities in peppermint brews also reduce blood pressure and slow down heart rates in times of panic and extreme distress.

How to Make Peppermint Tea:
Step 1

Boil water. Add 1 teabag of Dilmah Exceptional Pure Peppermint Leaves or 1 tsp of Exceptional Pure Peppermint Leaves - 34G Leaf Tea to a cup before pouring the hot water in.

Step 2

Allow the tea to brew for 3-5 minutes, depending on the preferred strength.

Step 3

Add in honey, sugar or lemon to taste.

Note - You could also make iced tea, mocktails or cocktails using Dilmah Exceptional Pure Peppermint Leaves.