Health Benefits of Peppermint

What is peppermint?


Peppermint is a perennial hybrid mint herb and is actually a cross between spearmint and watermint.  It has a vertical stem and many branches.  The upper part is covered with soft fine hairs while the lower section is covered with fine hairs only on the angularities.  The leaves grow opposite and are usually pointed and sometimes oval in shape with reddish veins.  The edges of the leaves are roughly saw toothed.  The flowers are pale violet in color.

 

Peppermint parts used

 

The whole plant is actually used for medicine purposes.  Peppermint medicines contains peppermint oil, peppermint camphor and menthone.  Its nature is cool, its flavour is pungent and it affects the lungs and livers.  The flowering tops and leaves can be dried and used as herbal remedies. Flower tops are best collected about the time when the flowers starts to open.

 

Benefits of peppermint

 

Due to its high menthol properties, peppermints are often used in peppermint tea and for flavouring products such as toothpaste, chewing gums, ice-creams and confectioneries.  Peppermints are also used in skin care products, soaps and shampoos. 

 

Peppermints has also traditionally been used for medicinal purposes for as long as ten thousand years back due to its many health benefits in treating many types of ailments.  Listed are the many health benefits of the peppermint herb:

  • expels wind and gas from the body and provide relief from bloating and abdominal pain

  • acts as a tonic for refreshing the body system.

  • alleviates nausea and vomiting, heartburn and indigestion.

  • enhances memory

  • treats excessive phlegm and sore throat by simmering 15 grams of peppermint with a little sugar.

  • relieves hoarseness due to singing, talking or shouting by simmering 10 grams of peppermint then adding 3 grams of natural indigo powder.  Consume this drink 2 times a day.

  • treats bee stings by crushing some peppermint, squeezing out the juice and applying the peppermint juice on the affected area.

  • relieves headache by applying diluted peppermint oil on your forehead.

  • Helps in overcoming stress, anxiety and depression by the peppermint oil's refreshing feel.

  • treats fever with its cooling effects

  • makes your skin glowing and healthy by using peppermint oil to nourish your skin cells.

  • treats urinary tract infections.

  • relieves irritable bowel syndrome by using peppermint oil.

  • helps to reduce pain.

  • improves blood circulation

  • reduces lice and dandruff problems and promotes healthy hair with the cooling effects of peppermints.

  • reduces bad cholesterol and breaks down fats by increasing the flow of bile from your liver.

  • relieves respiratory problems

  • relieves symptoms of asthma and allergies

The simple consumption of peppermint tea will bring with it lots of health benefits.  To make fresh peppermint tea, just boil some fresh peppermint leaves in a pot or teapot with a lid for preventing any evaporation of essential oils.

 

Another popular way of brewing peppermint tea is placing 1-2 teaspoonfuls of dried peppermint leaves into a cup, pouring really hot yet not boiling water then covering the cup for the same reason of preventing the loss of volatile oils.

 

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