Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.
Stop the Nausea!
Peppermint reduces nausea and vomiting. It activates the enzymes needed for digestion, which in turn minimizes nausea. According to a 1997 study at Liverpool University in England, peppermint can effectively relieve post-operative nausea.
Slowly sip a cup of warm peppermint tea to reduce nausea. Some people can also suck on a hard peppermint candy, but using real peppermint will do the trick naturally.
Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale using deep breaths.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A True Life Saver
Every client that has ever come to me about IBS, I have recommended enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules. This is the number remedy in Europe for this condition and it should be number one in the USA too.
In a 2007 study published in the Digestive and Liver Diseases journal, researchers found that a 4-week treatment with peppermint oil could improve abdominal symptoms in patients with IBS. It can even treat similar symptoms of lactose intolerance or celiac disease.
Peppermint treats symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as stomach cramps and bloating. It helps relax the esophageal sphincter, which reduces IBS symptoms. In addition, it helps food pass through the stomach easily.
You can drink peppermint tea a few times a day. To make the tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink it.
Prevents Allergies and Asthma
Peppermint also helps ease allergy and asthma symptoms. Being an expectorant, it encourages the body to eliminate mucus from the airways, lungs, bronchi and trachea. This relieves asthma symptoms.
It is a great relaxant and relieves congestion during allergy season. In addition, peppermint has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that prevent allergic reactions.
If you are suffering from a cough, add a drop of peppermint oil to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam.
Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil. Rub it on your chest, neck and nose to unclog your sinuses and enjoy relaxed breathing.
You can also enjoy a few cups of peppermint tea daily to get rid of allergy and asthma symptoms.
Peppermint also helps alleviate different types of headaches, such as migraines, stress-related or tension headaches. This herb has significant analgesic effects that help reduce sensitivity to pain. It can also improve blood circulation and relax tense muscles.
Applying peppermint oil to the temples, back of the sides of the neck and inhaling the aroma from the oil can help with stress headaches and improve relaxation.
In a 1994 study published in Cephalalgia – An International Journal of Headache, a combination of peppermint oil and ethanol showed significant reduction in sensitivity to headaches. Studies have also found the refreshing peppermint aroma to be helpful in improving memory and alertness.
Using a room diffuser with peppermint oil may help to bring healing from headaches and stress after a long day at work or school.
Oral Health: Fresh Breath and a Healthy Mouth
Peppermint has antibacterial action that inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth, helping to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other oral problems. And it helps with one’s breath.
Chewing the leaves of peppermint daily to keep oral problems at bay.
You can also use toothpaste or mouthwash containing natural peppermint oil to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. A strong cup of peppermint tea, cool it and then use it to rinse your mouth once daily works very well too.