Brewed in 30 minutes, with a little honey to sweeten the deal, this easy peppermint tea makes the perfect summer beverage! Whether you’ve been working hard in the garden or just want to enjoy a refreshing drink on the porch as you watch the sunset, this simple peppermint tea is sure to hit the spot!
Any and all information included in this post should not be taken as medical advice, and is for informational purposes only! Always consult with your doctor before utilizing herbs medicinally!
This easy peppermint tea is as beneficial as it is delicious. From aiding stomach upset to helping soothe cold and flu symptoms, peppermint tea is a powerhouse when it comes to GI and respiratory ailments, and has many applications for the homestead apothecary!
Brimming with Vitamin A and antioxidants, peppermint is also a nutrient packed plant. Not only that, but peppermint also has antibacterial properties, which makes it a great choice for bacterial infections.
History of Peppermint Use
Some of the earliest cases we have of peppermint being used by humans goes all the way back to ancient Egypt where it was utilized as an elixir for stomach issues. In fact, it was so prized by their culture that it was used as a form of currency, the traces of which can still be seen today in our colloquial term for producing money, ‘minting.’
As time passed, peppermint began gaining popularity in Europe, specifically being propagated by monks during the middle ages where it was used for cleaning teeth. It began to be utilized medically for other ailments, and just as a culinary herb as well.
In the 17th century, the English were the first to commercially grow peppermint. From there, it’s popularity and commercial cultivation spread throughout the world. Today, almost half of all peppermint production takes place in Michigan.
Tools for the Job
Half Gallon Jar – I prefer half gallon mason jars, as they are easy to store and the perfect size for our small family! Plus, I can use them for storing other things around the homestead when I don’t need them for tea. 😉
Mixing Spoon – While I like utilizing a wooden spoon for this job, you can use anything you have handy that’s long enough to reach the bottom of the jar.
Lid – Most mason jars come with a two piece lid that works well for anything you might need!
Ingredients for Peppermint Tea
6-7 sprigs of fresh peppermint, maybe more depending on how long they are
1/2 gallon of filtered water
2-4 Tbsp. of honey, depending on flavor preference
How to Make Peppermint Tea
First, you will want to rinse off the peppermint leaves. Make sure there are no little bugs or worms hiding under them. Sometimes they can be pretty hard to shake loose!
Next, stick the peppermint sprigs into a clean half-gallon mason jar.
Then, set a kettle full of filtered water to boil on the stove. Once it’s boiling, pour the water into the jar with the peppermint sprigs.
After that, place a lid on the jar and put it in a safe spot (away from small children). Let it brew for about 30 minutes.
Part of the reason you should brew peppermint tea with a covering is to retain the volatile oils that would otherwise evaporate with the steam!
Next, add honey to the tea after it’s reached the desired strength. Make sure to stir really well to fully incorporate the honey into the tea. If you’re like me, having gritty chunks of honey in my tea isn’t my favorite! Make sure to do this while the tea is still hot, making the process much easier!
Enjoy your tea warm, or stick it in the fridge and drink it cool! Either way, this peppermint tea is delicious!
Try adding some mashed strawberries and a little lime juice for a non-alcoholic mojito tasting tea!
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- 6-7 sprigs of fresh peppermint, maybe more depending on how long they are
- 1/2 gallon of filtered water
- 2-4 Tbsp. of honey, depending on flavor preference
- Rinse peppermint leaves.
- Place leaves in jar and cover with boiling water.
- Let sit, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Add in honey and mix until dissolved.
- Enjoy warm or put in the fridge and drink cold!
Super good with mashed strawberries and a splash of lime juice!