Although peppermint tea has been used for centuries to relieve a variety of ailments, scientific evaluation of the health benefits of peppermint tea, as of 2010, is in the early stages, according to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Peppermint tea, with low side effects, may be a viable alternative for pharmaceuticals in some situations. Talk to your physician before treating any health condition with peppermint tea.
A cup of peppermint tea will soothe an upset stomach and relieve heartburn, according to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Although peppermint tea may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, enteric-coated tablets are believed to be more effective. Make tea for an upset stomach by pouring boiling water over 1 to 2 tsp. of dried peppermint leaves. Allow the tea to steep for five minutes. Brew peppermint tea from fresh peppermint leaves, dried tea leaves or tea bags.