I accidentally came across this refreshing beverage when I thought I had a jar of Sencha green tea, but it was totally dried spearmint! I’ve never enjoyed hot spearmint tea (probably why I had an entire jar of it), but if you make it as a cold brew it has a completely different taste. It is less bitter and more smooth. Cold-brewing creates fewer tannins as compared to hot-brewing. Tannins are a type of polyphenol (antioxidant) compound in tea leaves that lends to an astringent taste. Fewer tannins result in a smoother, sweeter tea. Win! Tannins are also known to inhibit iron absorption, so if you are eating a meal and want to absorb that iron, it is a good idea to wait and drink your tea in between meals instead of with your meal.
And did you know spearmint has anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties? In a 2015 study published by the American Academy of Dermatology, two cups of organic spearmint tea ingested daily reduced inflammatory acne lesions by 25% after one month and by 51% after three months. Jaw dropping find. How does spearmint tea fight acne? For women, drinking spearmint tea has an anti-androgen effect. An androgen is a male hormone which can cause acne when levels are too high. This is why spearmint tea is typically most effective for hormonal acne, (acne around the chin or jawline).
Lastly, spearmint is LOADED with antioxidants. Who doesn’t want a little more of that kind of plant power?
Cold Brew Spearmint Tea
8 teaspoons dried spearmint leaves
2 teaspoons dried stevia leaves
2 quarts filtered water
Tea filter or tea bag
1) Place all ingredients in tea filter/bag and place in the pitcher.
2) Fill pitcher with water.
3) Put pitcher in the fridge and forget about it for 8-12 hours!
*I like to drink mine over ice with a little bit of lemon.