The plant genus Mentha, also known as mint, is a flavorful and aromatic herb found in everything from garden pots to toothpaste. Mint has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and breath freshener, and is also rich in antioxidants. Today, mint is ubiquitous with mint plants in every plant nursery, packages of fresh mint in grocery stores and sprigs of mint gracing plates in restaurants. While peppermint and spearmint are the most well known varieties, other types include apple mint, lemon mint, chocolate mint and even licorice mint.
In the world of tea, mint can be brewed on its own, blended with tea leaves, or combined with flowers, fruit or other herbs. While we may say we like “mint tea,” mint on its own technically isn’t tea. The word “tea” refers to the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant used to make black, oolong, green, and white teas (see our post “Types of Tea: Camilla Sinensis”). We tend to loosely use the term ‘tea’ to mean any hot infusion, but herbs and herbal blends are more properly called “tisanes.”
At ArtfulTea, we carry many blends containing mint, including our popular Moroccan Mint Tea – a classic blend of spearmint and green tea. (Did you know that Moroccan Mint is traditionally offered as a form of hospitality and welcome?) Our Lemon Mint Ménage is a blend of smooth black tea, peppermint, spearmint and lemongrass, creating a perfectly balanced, uplifting cup. The Mad Hatter would tip his hat to the flavor celebration in Alice’s Peppermint Party with peppermint, ginger, apples, almonds, hibiscus and rose. At the other end of the herbal spectrum, Lavender Mint offers a relaxing and cooling caffeine-free brew that's delicious hot or cold. Mint also forms the basis of Sing Your Song, a handcrafted herbal that helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. And, if you love chocolate after-dinner mints, our rich cup of Chocolate Mint Rooibos is a guilt-free way to enjoy this favorite flavor without the calories or caffeine!