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 can help relieve cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct and gallbladder. This improves 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 you 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 peppermint tea around half an hour before food really seems to help prevent problems later on, particularly if I’m having a large or a little less than healthy meal.

What is the Best Peppermint Tea for Bloating and Digestive Problems?

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 occasional stomach cramps it is even praised as 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 and intestinal cramps 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 tea 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.

Strong peppermint tea or oil is not generally recommended for pregnant women, very young children or people with heart disease, ulcers or problems with reflux and heartburn. Again talk to your doctor if in doubt.

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 medicinal strength 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 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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39 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,


  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.


  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

    • 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,


  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,


  10. Jelenn says:

    i’ve read about peppermint tea and its positive effects on bloating. i’ve tried it and it worked. however,
    i got constipated in the morning.

    should i just try ginger tea for my bloating?

    thank you.

  11. waqas dogar says:

    Hi Jim I have these problems .but also I feel pain in my head sometimes and in arm as well what are the courses help me .

    • James says:

      Hi there,

      It’s important to get regular pains in the arm and head checked out. I personally prefer a good holistic healer who looks at the entire system rather than just suppressing individual symptoms with drugs. Often a search for this term in your local area will help, though it’s best to look for reviews and lots of experience.

      Alternatively, some good doctors do take a more balanced approach beyond just pharmaceutical dispensing. Once again, I’d research the person before making an appointment.

      Regardless of who you choose, it would be important to see someone and get a professional perspective on the root cause of these problems.

      All the best in your healing,


  12. phelisa says:

    Where can I buy peppermint tea

  13. angela guttridge says:

    I really enjoy drinking peppermint tea for a week now
    ,has really helped with my bloating stomach drink a cup in the morning and another just before lunch,

  14. minerva garcia says:

    Going to try for the first time I do suffer a lot from gas hope I get some relief, I bought some Linden with peppermint tea will that work just the same

  15. Nienna says:

    I have chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I go between constipation and diarrhea. I have tried eliminating foods from my diet and have found that it doesn’t matter what I eliminate, I still have problems. I have eliminated any food that causes issues for me. That includes wheat, soy, corn, beans, chicken, peanuts, broccoli, (any greens other than peas actually), and potatoes. I did several months like that and then couldn’t eat anything, I felt sick.

    Chicken especially causes me to bloat. My waistline can increase by 10 inches in 10 minutes, and I’m not joking. I’m chronically bloated. When I’ve been sick and can’t eat for a week, my waist is about 35 inches (bust of 43, hips 43, and my ribs are bony.) However most days I start with a 37 inch waist and at the end of the day it’s 42. I’m about to give up, eventually I couldn’t even eat rice without being bloated!

    I’ve tried the fennel tea and the ginger tea. Both give me headaches. I have peppermint tea, I guess I’ll try it. But do you have any suggestions? I’m taking a multivitamin, it sucks going through periods where I can’t eat anything without getting sick.

  16. Emilia says:

    I just started drinking peppermint tea after seeing loads of good reviews for it to reduce bloating, however, one thing that I am worried about is that it relaxes the sphincter muscle. Will this make me more likely to throw up? I have emetophobia, and although being almost completely in control, I do not want to risk anything that makes it more likely.

    I am not a fan of fennel so I am excited to see how peppermint works, but I would be interested to hear your reply. I may have got this completely wrong!

  17. Natasha says:


    I’m actually pregnant and very bloated. I read that strong peppermint is not recommended in this article. Is store bought brands okay for me to reduce bloating? I’m guessing they would be less strong?

    Many thanks,


  18. Elle says:

    Does drinking peppermint tea or fennel tea have an effect on the contraceptive pill if it’s taken around the same time?

    • James says:

      Hi Cherie,

      I’m not aware of any interactions between peppermint tea or fennel tea and the contraceptive pill but it’s always best to take them well away from each other.

      All the best,


  19. zama says:

    Hi Jim
    I am 6 months pregnant and suffer greatly with indigestion therefore always bloated my tummy full of air/gas, I spend my days in pain especially after meals.
    is peppermint tea safe in pregnancy and how many cups a day???

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