The Positive Effects of Peppermint Tea on Bloating and Gas


Peppermint tea effectiveThe effects of peppermint tea are generally lighter and gentler than peppermint oil capsules. The tea is very refreshing, doesn’t need to be sweetened and has a real ‘pick me up’ effect whenever you drink it.

More importantly, peppermint tea can be very beneficial for your digestive system and help alleviate problems like bloating, stomach gas and flatulence.

Peppermint has relaxant and antispasmodic properties and may help relieve spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct and gallbladder. This can improve the passage of both food and swallowed air through the digestive tract, allowing them to go through smoothly and without pain or discomfort.

The volatile oils in peppermint stimulate the gallbladder to release bile that your body uses to digest fats. The flow of bile to the liver can also be increased by the compounds in peppermint tea and moderate intake of the herb seems to have a detoxifying effect on the liver. A well functioning liver is vital to overall digestive health and therefore reducing flatulence problems.

While we normally shouldn’t have too much liquid with meals, peppermint tea is one drink it really would be beneficial to sip a small cup of, just before or even during a meal for its positive actions on our digestive systems.

Personally, I find a cup of the tea around half an hour before really seems to help prevent problems later on if I’m having a large or a little less than healthy meal.

What is the Best Peppermint Tea for Bloating?

When looking for a good peppermint tea you want to find one with the peppermint leaf cut thickly, so as to avoid losing too many of the important oils in processing. Ideally, the peppermint should be grown organically and available in unbleached teabags for the healthiest option.

Searching for the best peppermint tea I kept coming across recommendations for Heather’s. Their peppermint tea is specifically grown for a high volatile oil content and is considered medicinal strength. As well as bloating and regular stomach it is even effective for people with IBS and other serious digestion problems.

While these high strength peppermint tea bags are easy to use and take to work, for an even stronger tea you can also use loose leaf organic peppermint in a teapot or french press steeped in very hot, but not boiling, water for a few minutes.

There’s much more on how to make a great cup of peppermint tea for relieving digestion problems like bloating here.

Peppermint Tea Effects and Precautions

Peppermint tea effectsPeppermint has an effect on digestion and other physiological processes. For most people this effect is positive, but, as with any herbal supplement, it makes sense to be aware of the influence its introduction is having on your health and general wellbeing.

Peppermint taken around the same time as certain medications may interfere with their absorption, so be conscious of this and consult a knowledgeable health-care professional if in doubt.

It may also interfere with iron absorption if taken at the same time as iron containing foods or supplements. If you are worried about not getting enough iron in your diet it may be a good idea to use either the tea or peppermint oil capsules before a meal rather than with it.

Peppermint tea or oil is not recommended for pregnant women, very young children or people with heart disease, ulcers or problems with reflux and heartburn.

There have been a few studies, mainly on rats, that suggest drinking large amounts of peppermint tea may lower testosterone levels. It seems the amounts would need to be relatively excessive, but it still makes good sense for men concerned about this to enjoy the tea in moderation.

How Many Cups a Day?

A cup or two a day is probably enough to get the digestive benefits of peppermint tea without going overboard. As with most herbs and supplements, be aware of how they are making you feel, particularly around an hour or two after taking them. It’s also a good idea to take a week off any herb or supplement from time to time.

The beneficial effects of peppermint tea are enjoyed by millions of people around the world. It makes a great tasting, caffeine-free pick me up that can effectively aid digestion, help relieve stomach gas and bloating and prevent flatulence.

Have you tried peppermint tea for bloating and stomach cramps before? I’d be interested to hear how it worked for you personally. If you’ve never tried it before I’d really recommend giving it a go, not just for the health benefits, but for the refreshing taste as well.

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19 Responses to “The Positive Effects of Peppermint Tea on Bloating and Gas”

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  1. Cracow says:

    I’ve actually had a lot of success with regular store-bought peppermint tea. I drink about three cups a day, and my cramps have gone down greatly. I’m also no longer constipated – it worked better than literally anything else I’ve tried.

    • James says:

      Hi there and thanks for your comments.

      That’s great that peppermint tea is working so well for your cramps. I’ve found the loose leaf peppermint tea in the article to be much more effective if you ever need a stronger tea.

      All the best,

      James

  2. dani says:

    I bloat very easily and find my stomach balloons during the day. Started three days ago with peppermint tea in the afternoon and have significantly less bloating! I have an almost flat stomach and am finding I am eating less as well.

  3. naomii soumayaa says:

    hey there! i just strated trying this ‘pepermint tea’ i am very bloated, been bloated for 1 year now and im so selfconcious with my stomach i have tried everything ! honestly everything, i have went to the doctors and they gave me a ‘de-gas’ tablets to get rid of it, did not work at all. so i hope this tea works for me :)

  4. katie hajdukovic says:

    I love drinking peppermint tea. I get constipated quite a lot and because of that I constantly feel sick. i drink it usually before bed, and it really helps me sleep through the night without waking up and feeling sick! but is there a recommended amount I should drink for optimum results? I do still have constipation and tummy issues, and drinking one cup only helps for the night. should I start drinking more?

  5. Tania says:

    Hi Jim,
    I have found peppermint tea to be a wonderful cure for flatulance, bloating and stomach cramps. I have coeliac disease and a hiatus hernia. If at any point I have pain I will drink peppermint tea and it seems to calm things down. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  6. Ticia says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve been drinking Peppermint tea for the past day and it’s already giving me awesome results. My stomach is less bloated and everytime i drink a cup I feel well and strong. Could you tell me what store in Canada sells the best Peppermint/tea please and thank you.

    Regards,

  7. Caroline lawton says:

    Hi James I have been reading your page and would like to know if it’s ok to drink two cups of peppermint tea a day. I have been drinking it three to four times a day and ended up with severe heartburn. The tea really helps with anxiety and since the heartburn episode I have stopped and the anxiety has returned. I am taking citalopram, lanzoprazol and candasartan and would really, really like to start drinking peppermint tea again.

    Many thanks
    Caroline

    • James says:

      Hi Caroline,

      First of all make sure you keep medications well away from peppermint tea or any other herbal treatments.

      I’d suggest trying just one cup of peppermint tea for one week and seeing if you experience any heartburn with it. If not you could try the next week with one and half cups and then the week after up to two. Stop for a few days if you have negative side effects and start again at a lower dose.

      It’s regularly reported that slowly increasing amounts helps build tolerance and reduce side effects.

      Hope this helps,

      Jim

  8. Aayden says:

    Great article and very helpful remedies. Thank you for sharing with us. Thank you so much.

  9. Lolly Stuart says:

    After suffering with IBS for about 35 years and taking just about every pill the chemist and doctors suggested to deal with it, my son suggested peppermint tea, and I have not looked back. I have a big cupful in the morning on an empty tummy and have not taken another pill since. The pain, bloating and flatulence is vastly improved I will never miss my daily cup of hot peppermint tea again. I wish I had known about this years ago it would have saved me lots of money and lots of pain.

    • James says:

      Hi Lolly,

      That’s great to hear that peppermint tea is working so well for you for IBS. Many people find natural herbal treatments like this much more effective than pharmaceuticals.

      All the best,

      Jim

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