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Last Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 

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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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 9th, 2019

A really clean-tasting peppermint with a nice menthol finish. Slightly herbal, but no straw or hay flavors that lesser peppermint teas sometimes have.

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 26th, 2018

The peppermint is surprisingly good for the price and has plenty of flavor and menthol. There's just enough of an herbal, grassy flavor so it doesn't taste like a candy cane.

For drinkers of grocery store peppermint tea bags, Benner is as good as Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings, but significantly less expensive, $1....

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 12th, 2018

Both the dry and brewed tea smell almost like Wrigley's Doublemint gum with the balance a little more toward peppermint.

The taste is not what I was expecting. The tea is definitely minty, but as the ingredients include rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus, I was expecting some fruitiness. Of the extra ingredients, I ...

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58 / 100
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Peppermint from Adagio Teas

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 29th, 2018

I really enjoy the strong peppermint smell of this tea! It tastes decent but it's a bit too bitter for my taste unfortunately. People who are less sensitive to bitter tastes may find it just fine though! One thing I do really like though is the cooling sensation the mint gives me in my throat. This may be a good tea to...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 5th, 2018

Finally, after three decidedly lame ones in a row, I try a new peppermint tea that rates (barely) above the speed Sammy Hagar can't drive. I hope this upward trend continues with future peppermint teas, as this is an herb I dearly love.

Opening the wrapper released a pleasant puff of peppermint aroma, more than eve...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea

Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Peppermint Tea
Region:United States of America
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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Brand:Tazo Tea
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Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Peppermint Tea
Region:United States of America
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
89
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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Mint Tea
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Pure Peppermint

Brand:Twinings
Style:Peppermint Tea
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68
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Peppermint

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Peppermint Tea
Region:Europe
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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