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About Mint Tea

Glass with fresh mint leaves in it, bright green with serrated edgesSpearmint tea brewed from fresh mint leaves. Photo © Thomas Cloer, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Mint tea is one of the most popular and widely consumed types of herbal tea. It is used as tea on its own, in herbal tea blends, or mixed with green or black teas.

Mint is not a single species of plant, but rather, a diverse plant family, Lamiaceae or Labiatae, that contains many plants called by the name of "mint" as well as many culinary herbs, medicinal plants, and a broad variety of other plants, including many plants important in herbal teas, such as lemon balm and wild bergamot. Most true mints (and plants with the characteristic "minty" aroma) belong to the metha genus, but a few plants in other genera also have minty aroma and bear the name "mint" as well.

Commercially available mint teas are almost exclusively either peppermint or spearmint, but there are numerous other mint varieties that are widely cultivated and sold in garden centers. Some other types of mint used in tea by home gardeners include apple mint or wooly mint, and peppermint cultivars like orange mint or chocolate mint.

Peppermint plants showing reddish-purple stems and symmetrical, opposite, simple green leavesPeppermint, pictured here, is a hybrid of two species: spearmint and water mint. Photo © Simon Eugster, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Some cultivated mints are individual species that occur in the wild—e.g. spearmint is Mentha spicata, whereas others, such as Peppermint, are hybrids of different species. Usually when the term "mint" is used alone, it refers to spearmint, although for herbal teas, peppermint is more common. Most of the commercially available mint in the U.S. is either spearmint or peppermint.

Apple mint, also called woolly mint or fuzzy mint, is particularly important in tea culture, as it is traditionally used for blending with green tea in Morocco.

Mint tea can be made out of fresh or dried leaves. It is typically brewed with boiling water. The amount of leaf used typically varies by the species. Peppermint can have an overwhelmingly strong aroma, requiring less leaf to be used, whereas spearmint and other mints require more leaf. Mint teas make particularly good iced teas, as mint is often described as having a cool or refreshing quality.

Heath effects

Many mints have numerous health benefits. Spearmint has significant antioxidant properties which have been shown to aid in the preservation of meat.[1] Mint tea has also been shown to enhance iron absorption.[2] Peppermint, spearmint, and Japanese mint have been shown to inhibit and kill a number of strains of harmful bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as MSRA.[3] Spearmint has also been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of harmful fungi.[4]

While most mints are generally safe for consumption in food or beverages, some species of mint are toxic in large doses. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), which has a pleasant minty aroma and makes a delicious tea, can cause liver damage and can even be lethal in a high enough dose, and is an ongoing source of poisoning.[5]

References:

1. Sweetie R. Kanatt et. al., Antioxidant potential of mint (Mentha spicata L.) in radiation-processed lamb meat, Food Chemistry, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2007, pp. 451-458.


2. F. Zaida et. al., Iron Availability and Consumption of Tea, Vervain and Mint during Weaning in Morocco, Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2006.


3. H. Imai et. al., Inhibition by the essential oils of peppermint and spearmint of the growth of pathogenic bacteria., Microbios., Vol. 106, Suppl. 1, 2001, pp. 31-9.


4. K. M. Soliman, R. I. Badeaa, Effect of oil extracted from some medicinal plants on different mycotoxigenic fungi, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Vol. 40, No. 11, Nov. 2002, pp. 1669-1675.


5. Ilene B. Anderson et. al., Pennyroyal Toxicity: Measurement of Toxic Metabolite Levels in Two Cases and Review of the Literature, Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 124, No. 8, Apr. 15, 1996, pp. 726-734.

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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 4th, 2018

The ingredients list only states peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. So why do I smell and taste a dab of black pepper in this? Personally, I'm not complaining; spicy teas appeal to me. Yet I wonder if this sensation stems from a systematic characteristic of how one of the listed ingredients is grown or processed,...

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77 / 100
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Peppermint from Great Value

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Jun. 25th, 2018

As I've noted with other peppermint-tea reviews, this is one of my very favorite herbs, one that's generally consistent and hard to mess up (though it can happen!). As such, I'll generally give peppermint teas high marks unless they are stale, overly stem-laden, exorbitantly costly, somehow wrongly advertised, or the ...

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65 / 100
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I'm a little disappointed in this tea. I've only had one other brand of peppermint tea, and thought t was incredible. I assumed all peppermint teas would be the same, but this one is a little disappointing. Its not bad, just kind of weak compared to the other brand I've tried.

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87 / 100
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For peppermint, it's hard to top CS' version. As noted in some of my other peppermint tea reviews, this is an herb that is difficult to ruin anyway, and I love the flavor, whether stand-alone or mixed with other products (teas, candies, cookies, etc.). Some tea companies do use stems as cheap filler, or unadvertised ...

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59 / 100
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The final bag in the rolling saga that is my Numi variety-pack taste run has been completed. For background, spearmint doesn't turn me on or off, but I much prefer peppermint. The Moroccan mint used here, for what it is (much closer to spearmint), tastes fresh and sweet, in a cup that brews up surprisingly dark for a...

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