Study shows that peppermint tea helped to improve long-term memory, working memory and alertness compared with chamomile and hot water
Peppermint tea can help to improve long-term and working memory and in healthy adults. This is the finding of a study by Dr Mark Moss, Robert Jones and Lucy Moss of Northumbria University, who presented their research at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham.
A total of 180 participants were randomly allocated to receive a drink of peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. Before they consumed their drink, they completed questionnaires relating to their mood. After a 20 minute rest, the participants completed tests that assessed their memory and a range of other cognitive functions. Following the tests participants completed another mood questionnaire.
Analysis of the results showed that peppermint tea helped to improve long-term memory, working memory and alertness compared with both chamomile and hot water. Chamomile tea significantly slowed memory and attention speed compared with both peppermint and hot water.
Dr Mark Moss said: 'It’s interesting to see the contrasting effects on mood and cognition of the two different herbal teas. The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming/sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.'