Ahh Peppermint. Makes me think of Christmas!
I know most of you aren’t even close to thinking about Christmas, but even without the festive holiday, adding a little peppermint to your life is beneficial!
Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. It comes from Europe and has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. (Plus it tastes amazing!)
This leafy herb is most used as an aid for digestive trouble. All aspects of the digestive system are benefited from Peppermint.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Upset stomach
And that’s just digestive!
The strong menthol component to Peppermint creates a soothing effect for various issues such as mild skin irritation, sore muscles, headaches, tension, fevers, and respiratory troubles.
Sipping on a hot cup of Peppermint tea is very soothing if you have a cold or cough! It also relaxes the mind by reducing stress and regulating blood flow. Drinking a cup of tea before bed will really help improve your sleep!
Peppermint also has some antimicrobial benefits as well, making it excellent for use in soaps, shampoos, salves, and scrubs. You can use the herb to make a tincture to add into your household products or use the essential oil.
Adding fresh peppermint to salads is a really tasty way to mix up the flavor of your meals! It pairs well in Mediterranean dishes as well as Thai or Indian foods. Personally, if I ever get my herbs growing again, I love to keep peppermint so I can easily add the fresh leaves to various dishes and make tea for bedtime.
What is your favorite use for Peppermint?
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