mint tea benefitsFrom an upset stomach to the common cold, mint tea can be an effective natural remedy. Mint health benefits are due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. When I start to feel any digestive problems or respiratory infection developing, mint tea is my go-to medicine. Click on this link or scroll down below for a quick and easy mint tea recipe. This tea will help alleviate your tummy ache or flu symptoms.

From Garden to Table

There are a wide variety of mint cultivars, and I have chocolate mint growing in my garden. Chocolate mint is one of those herbs that have an unforgettable aroma. While it smells very similar to peppermint, it really does have a chocolate scent. I came across it during my garden shopping trip to Home Depot.

I planted my first chocolate mint directly in the ground and it took off with regular watering. It’s easy to grow and it will keep coming back every spring. However, If you introduce this herb in your garden, just be careful that it doesn’t take over. With regular harvest, you should be able to control its growth. When I prune my patch of chocolate mint, I use the leaves for making tea.

Chocolate Mint Background

mint tea benefitsChocolate mint also known as Mentha piperita, is a cultivar of peppermint. This strain was cultivated to retain a distinct brownish-purplish stem and a silky chocolate scent.  Chocolate mint and other mint varieties are medicinally valuable plants that have been utilized since ancient Egypt [1]. In both Eastern and Western traditional medicine, the mint family is put to use as an antispasmodic, aromatic, antiseptic, anti-cancer, a treatment for colds, cramps, nausea, indigestion, upset stomach, sore throat, and toothaches [1, 2, 3].

Chocolate Mint Phytochemistry

mint tea benefitsChocolate mint’s medicinal compounds are concentrated in its aerial parts. Its flowers, leaves, and stems contain essential oils that have bioactive ingredients including terpenoids, steroids, phenols, flavonoids, alkaloids, and tannins.  Its major components are menthol, menthone, and 1,8-ciceole. These compounds contribute to the herb’s purported health benefits to the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract [1, 2, 3].

Chocolate Mint Tea Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Relieves gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome) and infection
  • Helps with respiratory tract discomfort and infection
  • fungicidal
  • Antitumor
  • Antiallergenic
  • Analgesic and anesthetic for the central and peripheral nervous system

If you want to read more about chocolate mint tea benefits, check out these resources [1, 2, 3].

Chocolate Mint Uses

Chocolate mint is a common ingredient in household products, culinary and medicinal practices. Its compound menthol has a refreshing effect, hence its utility in hygienic products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Additionally, mint essential oil is used in aromatherapy, while topical creams are applied to the skin to relieve pain. As a tea, it can alleviate respiratory discomfort, indigestion, and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract [4].

Chocolate Mint (with Lavender) Tea Recipe

I can’t stress enough how aromatic chocolate mint tea is, and when complemented with lavender flowers, it’s just heavenly. Furthermore, lavender’s sedative effect works well in enhancing mint tea benefits. When I have a stomach ache, a stuffy nose, or a sore throat, both these herbs always make me feel much better.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh chocolate mint (about 20-30 leaves).
  • 1 tbsp of dried lavender
  • 1 teaspoon of honey, or to taste (optional)

Directions

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Ready in 10 mins

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil
  2. Separate the chocolate mint leaves from the stem.
  3. Place chocolate mint and lavender in an infuser teapot.
  4. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in honey and enjoy!

Chef’s note: If you don’t have chocolate mint, it is perfectly fine to use peppermint as an alternative. Since chocolate mint is a peppermint cultivar, both herbs have similar phytochemistry and health benefits.