Mint tea is a herbal tea made by infusing mint leaves in hot water. Mint tea made with peppermint leaves is called peppermint tea, and mint tea made with spearmint is called spearmint tea. There also exist teas that infuse peppermint and spearmint leaves. In Korea, traditional mint tea called bakha-cha (박하차) is made with East Asian wild mint leaves.
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Due to the high content of essential oils in leaves (1–2.5%), especially menthol, mint tea is popular for its curative effects. Affecting the digestive system and excretion of gastric juices, it acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Although no human clinical studies have been conducted on the health benefits or risks of peppermint tea, historically it has been viewed to be good for health because of the menthol it contains, where it may relieve problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headache and infant colic. Its mint flavor can help remedy bad breath. It also may control mild asthma and stress, and prevent the common cold. In some countries, commercial mint tea lists these effects on its labeling. It has also been shown that peppermint oil is effective as an antispasmodic during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy.
Mint tea has relaxing properties and therefore can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing the content of the stomach to rise to the esophagus. For this reason, those suffering from gastroesophageal reflux should in principle avoid its consumption. On the other hand, precisely because it calms and relaxes the muscles of the intestinal tract, thus reducing spasms, peppermint can have beneficial effects in the treatment of digestive symptoms such as diarrhea and colic.
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