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Mexican Mint Tea /Indian borage Tea

Mexican mint? Hmm… that sounds exotic right. Supposed to be a native of Africa it is widely seen in India and is known as Indian borage.

The herb has a variety of uses, mostly medicinal. Today, let's have a cup of Mexican mint tea. The Mexican mint tea is an alluring, light, and refreshing beverage. When made with fresh mint leaves without the usual tea leaves, it gives a herbal twist to this chai.

Scientific name: Plectranthus amboinicus

The Mexican mint is known in various names across India namely Panikoorka and Navara ila in Malayalam, Karpuravalli in Tamil, Dodapatre in Kannada, and Pathar Choor in Hindi.

It was my friend's mom who introduced me to this lush succulent herb. I remember taking a half-day from college and going home with a fever. It was only on reaching home that I realized that no one was home and I had forgotten the spare key. Off I went to S’s home, a minute walk away. Though she was not home, I knew her mother would be. She gave me a paracetamol and put me to bed. Then she brought me a steaming cup of Mexican mint tea sweetened with honey. It was my first cup of Mexican mint tea. Ever since I routinely have a cup whenever I feel under the weather.

Serves: 2


Water - 2 cups

Mexican Mint leaves - 10-15 numbers

Honey (optional) - To taste

How to make Mexican Mint Tea /Indian borage Tea

1. Take a saucepan, pour 2 cups of water, and bring to a boil.

2. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat and add Mexican mint leaves.

3. Turn off the heat and keep the pan covered with a lid for 2-3 minutes.

4. Sweeten with honey (optional).

5. Strain the tea into the teacups.

6. Garnish with Mexican mint leaves. Serve and Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use both fresh or dried Mexican mint leaves in this recipe. I prefer the flavor of fresh herbs in this tea recipe.

  2. For an iced tea version, pour the tea over a glass filled with 4-5 ice cubes.

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