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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is much more versatile than you might think. Until I began to dive deep into the study of herbal medicine, I only attributed peppermint to toothpaste and mojitos.
Surprisingly, peppermint has HUNDREDS if not thousands of medicinal and practical uses which pesticide companies and Big Pharma definitely don’t want you to know about!
I can’t list all the ways peppermint can change your life and save you dollars here, so I’ll list the TOP 7.
1. PEPPERMINT HELPS YOU FEEL FULL AFTER MEALS
Are you on a diet and having trouble eating less? Amazingly, drinking peppermint tea after a meal can help you feel more full. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals (Troth, 62).
Try adding a drop of peppermint oil to your tea or brew a cup of peppermint tea after eating.
2. PEPPERMINT AIDS IN DIGESTION
Next time you find yourself reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, try peppermint instead! Drink a hot cup to aid your digestion and soothe unpleasant symptoms like nausea, flatulence, and diarrhea.
You can also rub 4 drops of peppermint essential oil on your belly to ease symptoms. Some people with IBS have found relief by supplementing with peppermint capsules.
“Several studies have shown that enteric-coated peppermint capsules can help treat symptoms of IBS, including pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea” (Troth). This keeps the peppermint oil from being released into the stomach, which can aggravate IBS in sensitive individuals.
If you’re sensitive, try some coated capsules LIKE THESE.
Note: If you have GERD, peppermint may aggravate your conditions, so consult your doc or herbalist prior to using peppermint.
3. PEPPERMINT IMPROVES CONCENTRATION
Have a hard time focusing? A big cup of peppermint tea after your morning coffee may be just what you need to improve your focus and center yourself. Plus, it will freshen your breath after all that coffee you just drank!
“Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy by 28 percent just by inhaling” (TROTH, 62).
28 percent?! I think that makes peppermint tea worth trying out. You can also infuse peppermint essential oil in a diffuser or add a few drops to your wrists, soles of feet, and behind your ears.
Peppermint is also known to boost mood and lessen fatigue. I like to use peppermint when I’m working long hours in the office.
4. PEPPERMINT CAN EASE MOTION SICKNESS
If only we had some peppermint essential oil that time my mom barfed on the teacup ride at Disneyland. Sorry, mom. But, we didn’t know what we do now.
Peppermint is effective against nausea when consumed in tea and applied to the chest and stomach in the form of essential oil. I cannot imagine anyone in the car being bothered by the smell of peppermint on the yearly holiday trip. Who knows? Maybe it will help the driver concentrate.
5. PEPPERMINT RELIEVES ITCHING
Itchy skin is the worst and it tends to get even worse in the cooler months! To relieve the itching, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite lotion or make your own with organic shea butter and coconut oil. For acne, apply a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a carrier oil like jojoba.
6. PEPPERMINT DIMINISHES HEADACHES
Many women suffer from headaches prior to the onset of their period. To alleviate this PMS symptom, massage two drops of peppermint oil into a carrier oil like jojoba and massage into the temples.
As a bonus, this will also ease any tension at or around the temporalis muscles. Tightening in these muscles is what contributes to jowls, which are NOT cool.
7. PEPPERMINT CAN HELP PREVENT SORE THROATS
As soon as you feel soreness rising up in your throat, mix 1 tsp of sea or Himalayan salt, in a cup of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of peppermint essential oil and gargle throughout the day. Don’t drink the solution, instead, drink some peppermint tea!
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Elderberry (Sambucus negra), was used by Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” who liked it so much, he called it his “medicine chest.” Elderberry can ease the symptoms of a cold, but also contains a protein than can stop a virus from entering the body.
Ginger (Zingiber officiale) is a spicy, pungent rhizome used in cooking alongside its use as a powerful medicine. Its use dates back to ancient times and is a staple of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Its best quality is its ability to help restore balance in the body.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the world’s most popular herbs and has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments such as digestive problems, worms, and respiratory infections. It is one of my favorite herbs, but my Honduran husband can not tolerate the smell. The main medicinal component of garlic is allicin.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal herb. Best known for her ability to aid the nervous system, Rosemary is an excellent herb for students, the elderly, and anyone suffering from stress and anxiety.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is historically one of the most frequently used herbs, favored by Roman soldiers & ancient Egyptians. Nettle treats a variety of conditions including enlarged prostate, hormonal imbalance, & arthritis. Be careful when harvesting stinging nettle, because like its name implies, it stings!
How do you use peppermint? Have you ever used it in any of the above ways? Let us know in the comments section!
Until next time, THINK. FEEL. ACT. HEAL.
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Peppermint Information | Mount Sinai – New York. Mount Sinai Health System. https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/peppermint. Published 2021. Accessed November 16, 2021.
TROTH M. Using peppermint essential oil ~ and ~ Building your natural home medicine cabinet. Countryside & Small Stock Journal. 2011;95(5):62-65. Accessed November 16, 2021. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=64406285&site=ehost-live