Peppermint tea is one of the most popular herbal teas on the market. Its refreshing flavor and health benefits make it a favorite among tea drinkers.
But why is peppermint such a popular choice for making tea? One reason is that peppermint has a high menthol content, which gives it a cooling, refreshing taste. Peppermint also has a number of health benefits.
Let’s take a closer look at how to make your own peppermint tea – and why you should.
What Exactly is Peppermint?
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, the plant is now widely cultivated in many parts of the world.
Peppermint typically grows to be about two to three feet tall, with dark green leaves and small purple flowers.
The leaves are highly aromatic, with a refreshing, minty scent. Peppermint is commonly used in culinary applications, as well as in aromatherapy and herbal medicine. The oil of the peppermint plant is used to flavor candy, gum, toothpaste, and other products.
Peppermint is also sometimes brewed into tea or used fresh in salads and other dishes. In addition to its culinary uses, peppermint is said to have numerous health benefits.
Whether you enjoy the taste of peppermint or simply appreciate its refreshing scent, this versatile herb can be a welcome addition to your life.
Here are some of the benefits of peppermint:
Helps With Headaches
Peppermint has long been used as a natural remedy for headaches. The cooling effect of the mint can help to soothe pain, and the refreshing scent can help to clear the mind. In addition, peppermint has proven to be an effective muscle relaxant, making it ideal for tension headaches.
Supports Digestive Health
For many people, digestive issues are a common source of discomfort. Peppermint is one of the most popular herbal remedies for indigestion, as it can help to relax the muscles of the digestive tract, and reduce inflammation.
Some studies have also shown that peppermint may help to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Gives You a Boost of Energy
The refreshing scent of peppermint is also believed to help improve alertness and focus. Whether you’re facing a long day at work or a tough workout, a little peppermint may give you the energy boost you need.
Helps Fight Infections
More recently, peppermint oil has been shown to be an effective treatment for several types of bacteria, including Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
May Reduce Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may be looking for anything that can give you relief. And while there’s no cure for allergies, there are treatments that can help lessen your symptoms. One of these is peppermint.
Freshens Your Breath
After a long night out or a big meal, your breath might not be feeling too great. You can always pop a mint in your mouth, but why not go for something with a little more flavor?
Peppermint has long been used as a breath freshener, and for good reason. The strong minty aroma is sure to wake you up and leave your mouth feeling refreshed.
Helps Relax You Before Bed
Almost everyone can benefit from a good night’s sleep. Getting enough rest helps improve your mood, reduces stress, boosts your immune system, and gives you more energy.But if you’re struggling to get a full eight hours, there are some simple things you can do to improve your sleep habits.
One of them is drinking peppermint tea before bed. Peppermint has long been used as a natural remedy for insomnia and other sleep issues. The herb is praised for its ability to relax the body and mind, promoting deep sleep.
Can Ease a Sore Throat
We’ve all been there before – that sore, scratchy feeling at the back of your throat that makes it painful to swallow. If you’re looking for a natural way to ease the discomfort, peppermint may be just what you need.
Peppermint has long been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, including indigestion, headaches, and even the common cold. But its minty freshness can also provide relief for a sore throat.
The menthol in peppermint acts as an expectorant, helping to break up congestion and clear mucus from the respiratory system. In addition, peppermint has pain-relieving properties that can help to soothe a sore throat.
Helps You Focus
For millennia, peppermint has been used as a natural remedy to improve focus and concentration. The refreshing scent of peppermint is known to boost energy levels and alertness, making it the perfect ally for tired minds.
Why You Should Make Your Own Peppermint Tea at Home
There are many benefits to making your own peppermint tea at home. For one, it is a much healthier way to get your caffeine fix than drinking coffee or energy drinks.
Peppermint tea is also very easily brewed – all you need is a pot of boiling water and a couple of peppermint leaves. The best part about homemade peppermint tea is that you can customize it to your own taste. If you like your tea sweet, simply add a spoonful of honey.
If you prefer a stronger flavor, add more peppermint leaves. You can even experiment with different herbs and spices to create your own unique blend.
So why not give it a try? Making your own peppermint tea is easy, healthy, and delicious!
I don’t know about you, but the thought of being able to create a refreshing beverage from plants I’ve grown myself just thrills me to no end. There isn’t a single store bought ingredient here. And it’s GOOD.
It’s actually a recipe to make a concentrate, which you can either freeze or put in the fridge for later, or you can dilute it right away and drink it chilled on the spot.
I’ll admit, it is a little different than what we’re used to. Stevia definitely has a unique flavor compared to sugar. But when you keep in mind that it’s made 100% from stuff you can pick right outside your backdoor, it’s amazing. Even our kids loved it.
Fresh Peppermint and Stevia Ice Tea Recipe
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup packed fresh stevia leaves or one tablespoon of honey
- 2 cups water
- First, pick the fresh leaves off of the stems, measure, then wash them under running water in a colander.
- Next, place all ingredients in a small pot, and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and allow to steep for about 6-8 hours, or overnight.
- Strain off the leaves and pour the concentrate into a glass jar. You can either freeze this concentrate, or store it in the fridge for a few days until ready to use.
- When ready to drink, mix 1/2 pint (1 cup) tea concentrate with 1 1/2 pints water- or to taste. Serve cold.
How To Drink It
When ready to drink, mix 1/2 pint (1 cup) tea concentrate with 1 1/2 pints water- or to taste. Serve cold.
Now I’m totally on a kick to find more homemade iced mint tea recipes using fresh leaves. I think I’ll try my lemon balm and stevia next.
More Peppermint / Mint Tea Recipes
Peppermint tea is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy the benefits of mint. You can also experiment with other herbs and spices, such as chamomile or ginger, to create your own unique blend.
Here are some other fun ideas to add to your pitcher this summer!
Moroccan Mint Tea
If you’re looking for a refreshing way to enjoy hot tea, Moroccan mint tea is a great option. Made with fresh peppermint leaves and hot water, it’s perfect for enjoying on a warm day.
It is also extremely simple and requires little more than some peppermint to make fresh peppermint tea. Add some ice cubes and you have a refreshing summer beverage to chill you down, too.
Here’s how to make it:
First, bring a kettle of water to a boil. Then, place two teaspoons of peppermint leaves in each cup. Fill the cups with hot water, and steep for five minutes. Finally, strain the tea using a tea strainer, and enjoy!
Peppermint and Ginger Tea
Peppermint and ginger tea is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. The peppermint helps to soothe the stomach and the ginger can help to relieve nausea.
In addition, the two herbs work together to help improve circulation and ease muscle pain. And because the tea is naturally caffeine-free, it’s a great choice for those who are looking for a way to relax before bedtime.
Here’s a recipe to try.
Chocolate Mint Tea
Do you love chocolate and mint together? If you do, you’re not alone – the combination of these two flavors is a classic for a reason.
Chocolate mint tea is a delicious way to enjoy this classic flavor combination. Chocolate mint tea can help to improve digestion, as well as boost your immune system.
It’s beneficial for everything from bloating to bad breath! Plus, there’s nothing like a handful of fresh mint leaves to improve flavor!
The antioxidants in chocolate mint tea can also help to protect your cells from damage.
Give this easy recipe a try!
Fruit-Infused Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is one of the most refreshing and invigorating beverages you can enjoy. And when you add fruit to the mix, you get an even more delicious and nutritious drink! Not only does fruit-infused peppermint tea taste great, but it also offers a host of health benefits.
The antioxidants in both the tea and the fruit can help to boost your immune system and protect your body against disease. In addition, the combination of mint and fruit can help to improve digestion and promote a healthy gut.
Some fruit suggestions? Lemon juice, lemon slices, and oranges are all good options for your fresh mint tea!
Here’s an easy recipe.
Other Tea Variations to Try
In addition to the more common varieties of mint, there are hundreds of other types that make great herbal teas. Pineapple mint, apple mint, ginger mint, and red raripila mint are all excellent choices.
Catmint, chocolate mint, orange mint, and lavender mint are also good options. For something slightly different, try grapefruit mint or calamint. Licorice mint and basil mint are two other unusual varieties that make great teas.
Finally, chewing gum mint and water mint are two refreshing options that are perfect for hot summer days. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Common Questions About Peppermint Tea
Here are a few frequently asked questions about peppermint tea…
When ingested in small quantities, peppermint oil is thought to relax the muscles of the digestive tract, making it easier for gas and food to pass through. Peppermint tea, on the other hand, is made by steeping peppermint leaves in hot water, and it has many of the same digestive benefits as peppermint oil.
I recommend using peppermint leaves for your tea. You’ll get a better flavor and it’s not quite as concentrated as an oil.
Although peppermint leaves do not naturally contain caffeine, most commercially-produced peppermint teas are made using a blend of mint leaves and black tea leaves. Black tea and green tea leaves do contain caffeine, so peppermint tea will usually have at least a small amount of caffeine.
However, the amount of caffeine in peppermint tea is usually much lower than the amount found in coffee or black tea. You can avoid all of these caffeine-related issues, though, by simply making your own peppermint tea!
Most people think of tea as coming from the Camellia sinensis plant, which includes varieties like green and black tea. However, there’s another type of tea that doesn’t come from Camellia sinensis at all – herbal tea. Herbal tea can be made from any number of herbs, spices, and fruits, and one popular variety is peppermint tea.
Peppermint tea is brewed using fresh or dried peppermint leaves, which give it a refreshing minty flavor. While it’s not technically a “real” tea, it still has many potential health benefits. Peppermint tea is thought to aid digestion, relieve nausea, and reduce inflammation.
Peppermint leaves have a strong, minty flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to salads and desserts. Fresh peppermint can also be used to make tea or infused water.
When using fresh peppermint for tea, it is best to steep the leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes to extract the maximum flavor. If you are using fresh peppermint for infusing oil or water, it is important to bruise the leaves slightly to release the essential oils. Otherwise, the minty flavor will be too weak.
Dried peppermint is more concentrated than fresh peppermint and therefore has a more potent flavor. It is typically used in baking or to make tea. When making tea with dried peppermint, it is important to use the best quality ingredients to ensure the best tea.
When it comes to making homemade peppermint tea, the type of water you use can make a big difference in the taste. Many people prefer to use filtered water instead of tap water, as it can help to remove any impurities that might affect the flavor.
Filtered water also tends to be more consistent in terms of quality, which can help to ensure that your tea tastes great every time. If you don’t have access to filtered water, though, tap water can still be used – just be aware that it may affect the flavor of your tea somewhat.
Peppermint tea is a great way to soothe an upset stomach, quell a headache, or simply relax after a long day. And it’s easy to make your own at home. Consider giving peppermint tea a try the next time you need relief from your symptoms.
Do you make homemade tea from plants you grow? Have a recipe to share?
updated 07/25/2022 by Rebekah Pierce
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.
10 thoughts on “Peppermint Tea With Fresh Stevia Recipe”
I started doing this a few months ago because I figured there had to be something I could do with all the stevia and mint growing in my garden. I have added different herbs to see if I could get more interesting such as basil and thyme. I have also boiled it with fresh lime or lemon slices; instant lemonade without the sugar!
Could I can this?
I love (fresh or dried)lemon verbena leaves and a pinch of stevia leaves(fresh or dried)and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Especially in autumn, makes a wonderful hot tea.
In Israel we boil a pot of water and just drop a few mint leaves into the pot. Let it sit a bit and drink it hot. You can sweeten with sugar or honey but it is good without sugar as well. If you want it cold you can let it cool outside the fridge for a bit and then keep it in the refrigerator. It is also really tasty (and pretty) to add slices of lemon to it.
I bet the lemon really does add a nice flavor 🙂
Is stevia a plant you grew from seeds, or is it one that comes back every year like mint? Might need to get my hands on some – especially if it comes back yearly like mint!
Stevia comes back bigger each year. 🙂 It doesn’t spread like mint, though. I have two plants now, but I think I’ll plant a few more now that I plan on using it a lot more often!
The Stevia will grow back in a warmer climate. I am in a USDA Zone 5 and will need to bring it in for the winter. It will not survive the winter in northern Utah.
Wow. This looks delicious. I had given up hope that my peppermint seeds would ever germinate, but today I went out to the garden and one little seedling is poking through the soil. Now all I need is stevia. Thanks for this post.
Yay! Once you get it going, you won’t be able to get rid of it, lol. I’ve only grown it from transplants, so no experience trying it from seed. I hope it does well for you. Yes, Stevia definitely needs to be on your list of plants to get next 😉