5 Powerful Benefits Of Peach Leaf Tea

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Drinking peach leaf tea may not be in your normal health routine, but it can provide a wide range of health benefits if you regularly consume it.

What is Peach Tea (Peach Leaf Tea)?

Peach tea, or peach leaf tea, is an herbal tea prepared from the dried leaves of the peach tree, along with the dried bark. Peaches are native to China, and bear the scientific name Prunus perspica; different parts of this tree have been used for various culinary and medicinal purposes throughout history.

Peach tea is also sometimes made by using regular black tea and flavoring it with peach leaves or bark, but this isn’t as potent, nor does it tap into the nutritional benefits and active ingredients of peaches. In a tea brewed purely from the leaves (and/or bark) of the peach tree, there is no caffeine, making this a popular option for many people.

Fresh peach tea mojito with peaches aside and in a bowl on a wooden table

The peach iced tea is a perfect drink for a hot summer day. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Peach Leaf Tea Nutrition Facts

Peach tea benefits from many of the nutrients found in peaches themselves, including vitamins A, C, E, K, and various B vitamins, albeit in rather small amounts, as well as potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium. More importantly, there are ample amounts of anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in peach leaf tea, which drives many of the health benefits it can provide. In a single cup of peach tea, there are barely any calories, typically less than 5.

How to Make Peach Leaf Tea?

Peach leaf tea is a medicinal beverage that has a calming quality. It can be easily made at home with dried peach leaves. Let’s take a look at how to make this herbal drink.

Peaches on a wooden counter with peach leaves

Herbal Peach Leaf Tea

A wonderful summer drink that can help lift your spirits! 
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Course: Tea
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Peach Leaf Tea, Peach Tea
Appliance: Tea Strainer
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 1 handful peach leaves fresh or dried
  • 2 cups water filtered
  • honey optional

Instructions

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of crushed and dried peach leaves. If you are using fresh peach leaves, make sure to clean it properly so that there is no mold or debris on it. 
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 5-7 minutes, depending on the strength you want. Strain the tea into cups. 
  • Add honey or natural sweetener, if desired. If you would like to have it cold, you can chill the drink and add a couple of ice cubes. Enjoy! 
    Two cocktail glasses filled with iced tea and garnished with mint leaves

Notes

You can also add a green tea or black tea bag if you want to add a different flavor to the drink. 

 

How to Make Peach Tea?

You can also make the tea with the peach fruit. It is a delicious drink that can be had hot or cold. Try it for your next barbeque party!

Two jars filled with cold peach tea or peach beverage surrounded by peach fruits

Fresh Peach Tea Recipe

Try this refreshing peachy beverage to keep cool on hot summer days!
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Course: Tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peach Tea, Peach Lemonade, Peach Iced Tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Strainer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Steeping time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 3 peaches
  • 6 cups water filtered
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • fresh mint leaves
  • 4 black tea bags optional
  • honey optional

Instructions

  • Start by cutting the peach in half, all the way around. Hold the peach and twist in opposite directions to loosen the pit, that is attached to the flesh. 
  • Pull the peach halves apart and remove the pit. Cut them into slices. 
  • Put the water to boil in a saucepan. Add the peach slices and the sugar and let the water come to a boil. 
  • Once it comes to a rolling boil, simmer it for 10-12 minutes. Add the lemon juice. Remove from heat. 
  • If you are using tea bags, mint, or honey, you can add it now. Keep it aside for the flavors to come together. Strain it into a pitcher. Your peach tea is ready! 
  • You can have it warm or chill it and serve with ice cubes for a delightful cold peach iced tea! Use peach slices, lemon slices, or mint as garnish. 
    Two jars filled with cold peach tea or peach beverage surrounded by peach fruits

Peach Tea Benefits

The best peach tea benefits include its positive impact on chronic diseases, the immune system, dental health, and obesity, among others.

Antioxidants

This tea boasts a number of powerful antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds that can prevent oxidative stress and the damage of free radicals in many different systems of the body, including the skin, helping to keep you looking young.

Immune System

Antioxidants are excellent immune system boosters, as they can reduce strain and seek out the dangerous compounds that are threatening your overall health. This is in addition to the vitamin C found in this fruit tea.

Cardiac Health

The vitamins and minerals found in this tea are linked to improving the integrity of blood vessels and arteries, as well as lowering blood pressure to reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Bones and Teeth

There is a good amount of calcium and fluoride in this fruit tea, so it can help to keep your teeth strong and infection-free, while also improving bone mineral density and lowering your risk of osteoporosis.

Obesity

Peach tea may lack caffeine if made without using black tea, but it can be energizing and can boost the metabolism to aid in fat burning and weight loss.

Peach Tea Side Effects

There are a few side effects that you should be aware of, namely due to the possible laxative effects and natural diuretic effects of this beverage. While there are a few dangerous side effects, consuming an excessive amount is not recommended for breastfeeding women.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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