6 Best Benefits of Yerba Buena Tea

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The regular use of yerba buena tea can provide a surprisingly powerful boost to your overall health, and is quite easy to prepare.

What is Yerba Buena Tea?

Yerba buena tea may describe a number of different forms of tea made from wild mint and other closely related species. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, the term yerba buena may describe various related species, the most popular of which is scientifically known as Mentha arvensis. Also known as field mint or corn mint, this plant is native to Europe and Asia, as well as parts of North America. The leaves of this plant are often used to prepare yerba buena tea, which has a pleasant mint flavor, although it is more subtle than traditional spearmint or peppermint. As mentioned earlier, in some parts of the world, this tea is synonymous with spearmint, whereas, in other regions, this tea is a milder form of tea made from a different species.

This tea is a great source of polyphenolic compounds, catechins, caffeic acid, and caffeine, along with various other active ingredients and volatile compounds. Regular consumption of this tea still takes place in parts of Central and South America as well as Asia, but it is increasingly being found and prepared in North America and other European countries.

A cup of hot Yerba Buena tea on a wooden table

Benefits of Yerba Buena Tea

The most notable health benefits of yerba buena tea include its ability to soothe digestion, eliminate bad breath, aid in weight loss, reduce menstrual discomfort, and protect the immune system, among others.

Skin Care

Packed with antioxidants, this tea is able to eliminate free radicals and boost skin health, limit wrinkles, and soothe inflammation.

Boosts Immune System

With catechins and polyphenolic compounds, yerba buena tea can strengthen the body’s defenses against viral and bacterial pathogens.

Aids in Digestion

The anti-inflammatory nature of this tea can help your stomach balance its pH levels and soothe inflammation causing diarrhea or constipation.

Respiratory System

A few glasses of this tea each day can reduce the amount of phlegm and mucus in your respiratory tracts, while also eliminating the underlying infection.

Weight Loss

Known to boost the metabolism and increase energy levels, this tea can help you lose weight by suppressing the appetite and increasing your passive fat-burning potential.

Relieves Pain

Traditionally used as an analgesic substance, this tea is good for pain, both topically and when consumed as a tea. This is great for people suffering from arthritis or recovering from an illness/injury.

Culinary & Cosmetic Uses

Yerba buena tea is primarily used as a beverage, as it has many internal applications, but due to its high concentration of antioxidants and other active ingredients, it can also be applied topically, once it is allowed to cool. Many of the effects it can have on the skin and hair are more pronounced if the tea is used externally. For medical reasons, it is safe to consume 4 cups of this tea per day for a week.

How to Make Yerba Buena Tea?

Making yerba buena tea is quite easy, and can be made from fresh leaves if you have the time. So let us get started.

Yerba Buena Tea Recipe

Enliven your palate with the freshness and minty flavor of Yerba Buena tea!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Yerba Buena, Yerba Buena tea, spearmint tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 3 people
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of dried yerba buena tea
  • 2-3 cups of filtered water
  • 1 tsp honey or sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • To make yerba buena tea, allow fresh leaves of the plant to dry for at least 2 weeks.
  • Crush the dried leaves and add 2 tablespoons to a teacup. Meanwhile, boil 2-3 cups of water and then add to the teacup.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Once done, strain the leaves out of the mixture using a strainer. 
  • Add any sweetener, if you want. Consume this 3-4 times per day for best results. As mentioned above, it aids in weight loss and maintaining a healthy and youthful skin, among other things.

Notes

You can have the tea as a hot as well as cold beverage. To have it as a cold beverage, simply refrigerate it for a few hours after it is made. Usually, it is dried in a paper bag, or bundle and hung. Once it is dried, the leaves are separated from the stems. It is highly recommended to use the leaves within a year, but it can be good for up to 2 years. You can add catnip, lemon mint, chamomile, hummingbird sage, or lemon balm to the tea to further enhance the taste. However, it is advisable to first consult a doctor before mixing the herbs as they could have side effects or cause an allergic reaction. 

Yerba Buena Tea Side Effects

The unwanted side effects of drinking too much yerba buena tea include elevated blood pressure, problems with blood sugar regulation, complications with pregnancy, and even fertility problems. These side effects are typically only experienced when an excessive amount of the tea has been consumed, but it is best to start with small amounts and see how your body reacts. Always speak to your doctor before adding a new herbal remedy to your health regimen, particularly if you are pregnant.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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