The Amazing Benefits of Mint
What is mint?
Mint plants can be easily distinguished by the fresh, cleansing scent emitted from their leaves. You may even be lucky enough to have some fresh mint growing in a pot or on a windowsill. But did you know there are 25 different types of mint in the Mint family? These include peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint which together make up our Three Mint tea. Mint has been used for centuries to cool and soothe digestive upsets, helping both refresh you and settle digestion. Mint not only supports digestion but is also rich in aromatic menthol essential oils which ‘wake up’ the senses, as well as being relaxing. It’s no wonder mint is one of the most widely consumed herbal teas across the world.
So, why is mint tea so special?
The mint family is packed with aromatic essential oils, such as menthol, giving its distinctive scent and taste. These essential oils are also responsible for many beneficial effects, explaining the long traditional use of plants such as peppermint. Peppermint can be found in our Peppermint & Licorice, , Cleanse and Three Mint herbal teas. Menthol has a soothing, cooling, and calming effect on the nervous system, respiratory and digestive systems. Field Mint, used in our Three Mint tea, has the highest levels of amazing menthol.
Why is drinking mint tea good for you?
The cooling and calming health benefits of mint have been widely researched (1) and include:
Digestive support: Mint supports the digestion system by calming digestive cramping making you feel more comfortable after a meal.
Cognitive function: Mint has an uplifting effect, providing clarity to the mind. This is a good example of how helping your stomach can help your mind, as they are both responsible for ‘digesting’ our experiences. We include spearmint in our Peace tea for this reason.
Hormonal health: Mint can help with women’s health issues by helping calm and soothe menstrual cramping.
Clearing congestion: Mint is traditionally used in a hot tea for when we have a respiratory infection. While you drink the tea, make sure to inhale the steam coming off to help clear congestion.
Cooling and soothing: During the Summer months when Pitta can become aggravated Mint can help us to keep our cool. Try adding fresh mint to drinks like in this refreshing Lemongrass and Mint Zinger mocktail using Pukka's new Aqua Herbs Citrus Zing.
How does Pukka grow the highest quality mint?
All our mint is grown organically and harvested sustainably from its favoured habitat, meaning our mint is brimming with herbal benefits. To create a wider diversity of growers, Pukka has been working with farmers in India to establish new organic field mint farmers beyond the traditional growing lands. Cultivating this herb in other regions saves water, reduces the crop’s carbon footprint, and increases the amount that can be grown.
Take time to explore the wonders of this herb yourself, with our guided walking meditation with mint.
Author: Dr Vivien Rolfe
Head of Herbal Research
Viv is a gut physiologist and has recently achieved a Foundation in Herbal Medicine. She leads Pukka’s research programme to explore how herbs can benefit our health and be used to widen healthcare choices. This includes research into herbs for Women’s health and as alternatives to antibiotics. She establishes global research partnerships and enthuses the next generation of scientists through Pukka’s Scholarship Scheme. She is a champion of diversity in science and open access to knowledge.
BSc, PhD, PFHEA
Years of experience:
30+ years in the wellbeing industry and academia
Degree in Physiology University of Sheffield, PhD University of Sheffield, Foundation in Herbalism Heartwood, MBA Entrepreneurship (on-going) Edinburgh Napier University, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Membership of Nutrition Society, Physiological Society, Society for Chemical Industry, and other herbal and botanical groups.