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Peppermint tea, a classic among alternative remedies for cold symptoms – we all know it from our childhood. But does peppermint tea really work against health problems or is it just a myth? And if so, which peppermint tea should you buy to achieve the targeted effect?

We would like to answer these questions and more in a short article and show you what you should actually look for when buying peppermint tea. In addition, we would like to go into some facts that you should know before using peppermint tea for health purposes.




Summary

  • Besides the flavouring and strength of the aroma, you should also pay attention to organic cultivation and the specified brewing time of the peppermint tea when buying it
  • With the exception of a few cases, the herbal tea is suitable for all groups of people and can be bought in the form of sachets, pyramid sachets or loose
  • Peppermint tea is considered a well-known natural remedy and has anti-inflammatory as well as antispasmodic and calming effects

The Best Peppermint Tea: Our Picks

To make your decision easier when buying the perfect peppermint tea, we have summarised a few for you below and highlighted the most important information about them.

Buying and rating criteria for peppermint teas

In order to find the right peppermint tea for you, we have summarised some criteria that you should pay attention to when buying.

You are probably now asking yourself: Yes, good, and how should I handle these four criteria? We would like to answer this question and briefly explain the individual points.

Flavourings

Flavourings are very common in today’s diet and are often labelled as unhealthy flavour carriers. In teas, however, artificially produced flavourings are prohibited and must therefore not be mixed into the preparation.

The aromas in peppermint tea are natural aromas, which means that the tea leaves are mixed with flowers, herbs or fruit and spices in a certain ratio and thus absorb their aromas. The mixture is usually pressed, distilled, heated, filtered or crushed to achieve the desired flavour.

However, non-natural flavours are often used, as these would usually be seasonal and also very expensive. In their place, natural flavourings are often used, which are obtained from natural substances through a chemical process and thus refine the taste of the teas.

However, if you want to do without flavourings altogether, you should take a close look at the ingredients when buying peppermint teas and make sure that they are produced without flavourings.

Flavouring strength

In principle, flavour strength is not to be associated with flavourings. It is really only a matter of how intense the peppermint tea itself tastes and how strong the peppermint note is when you drink it.

A distinction is usually made between a light and strong peppermint flavour, although there are often different gradations for certain varieties, such as spicy, sweet or refreshing. It is important that the tea is stored dry at room temperature in a storage tin so that the aroma does not dissipate.

Organic

The organic cultivation of the peppermint plant is also an important purchase criterion. If the peppermint tea is sold under the organic label, you can be sure that the plant has been raised without pesticides and comes from organic cultivation.

The brewing time of peppermint tea is often a decisive factor in the purchase of a particular brand or variety. However, there is often a wide range of infusion times between two and ten minutes, with loose peppermint leaves generally having to infuse longer than tea bags.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about peppermint tea answered in detail

To get a deeper insight into the world of peppermint teas, we have answered some important questions for you in the following section, so that you have a perfect overview of the topic at the end.

Who is peppermint tea suitable for?

Peppermint tea is a natural remedy and can therefore be taken by almost all groups of people. Of course, there are some exceptions. Firstly, the menthol in peppermint tea can have a harmful effect on the stomach lining and for this reason is not suitable for small children, as they still have very vulnerable stomach mucous membranes.

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For loose tea, place three to four peppermint leaves in the cup and pour hot water over them. (Image source: HolgersFotografie/ pixabay)

Mothers who are breastfeeding should also refrain from drinking peppermint tea, as the herb could affect milk production. Last but not least, peppermint tea should not be drunk by people with gallstones, as the herb promotes the production of bile in the body and can therefore trigger severe abdominal cramps.

What types of peppermint tea are there?

The types of peppermint tea are usually distinguished between peppermint tea in a normal bag, in a pyramid bag and in loose form.
The loose form of peppermint tea is often very popular because the minty aromas can develop very well and the flavour is usually stronger.

The pyramid bag is also often praised for its small filling quantity and aromatic taste. This is because the pouch is quite large in contrast to the contents and the aroma can spread well here too.

Thirdly, there is the normal bag of peppermint tea, which we all know from home, but here the aroma cannot spread as much and is therefore not as strong as in the other two variants.

What does peppermint tea treat?

The natural remedy peppermint is used in everyday life for many aches and pains, but where does the miracle plant really help?

Due to its calming, antispasmodic and choleretic effect, peppermint tea helps with cramps in the gastrointestinal tract as well as with inflammation of the oral mucosa and nerve pain.

Furthermore, the tea is often used to regulate the gall bladder, to control irritable bowel complaints and to combat cold complaints such as the common cold.

How do you take peppermint tea properly?

In the first part of the question, I would first like to discuss the correct preparation. The sachet forms of peppermint tea should simply be prepared according to the package instructions. For the loose version, you should pour hot water over four to five leaves and let them steep for ten minutes to get the desired aromatic taste.

You can also put the leaves in a tea strainer or tea egg to make it easier to remove them from the cup after the infusion time.

I would also like to mention some special features of the tea. Peppermint tea should not be drunk in large quantities every day, otherwise it can attack the mucous membranes of the stomach, even in adults, due to the high methol content. Furthermore, it can lead to vomiting, heartburn and nausea if taken in excessive amounts.

Conclusion

Peppermint teas differ in the way they are made, in their aroma strength and also in their prescribed infusion time. They provide health benefits for stomach complaints as well as for cold symptoms and inflammations, although care should be taken with the dosage.

Both as pyramid sachets, conventional sachets or in loose form, the natural remedy of our earlier generations keeps its promise and, when taken correctly, is a good support for everyday problems.

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