Chances are that your breath mints, tooth paste and mouthwash are flavored with the cool, refreshing taste of peppermint. Along with its pleasant however, peppermint is good for your health in countless ways.
Did you know for instance that the ancient Greeks placed such value on peppermint as a medicinal tonic that it was used as a form of currency… or that in the Middle Ages monks brushed their teeth with the leaves and cheese makers used the pungent aroma of fresh peppermint to keep rats away from their wares?
Peppermint has been a valued herb for a variety of health concerns since recorded history began. Perhaps the most universal medicinal use for peppermint through the ages has been for digestive upsets, and now modern research is showing that peppermint may have surprising beneficial properties for a long list of health concerns.
Here’s a look at 10 ways peppermint may be valuable to your health.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Researchers have found that peppermint oil capsules given to both children and adults with IBS reduced uncomfortable symptoms by 50% in the majority of patients.
- Upset Stomach and Indigestion: When peppermint oil combined with caraway oil was administered for these complaints, symptoms were reported as “much” or “very much” improved in 67% of patients.
- Hay Fever: Peppermint extract has been shown to inhibit the release of histamine, helping to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
- Nasal and Chest Congestion: When used as a chest rub or inhaled in a vaporizer, peppermint oil acts to loosen phlegm and mucus for freer breathing.
- Tension Headaches: Massaging peppermint oil on your wrists, forehead or temples may relieve tension headache pain.
- Muscle Pain: Peppermint oil has been shown to relieve muscle aches when massaged into the affected areas.
- Natural Bug Repellant: Peppermint oil is a natural repellent for stinging insects, ants and roaches. Use it in place of commercial synthetic repellants.
- Acne: With anti-microbial properties, dabbing peppermint oil on your skin may help reduce breakouts.
- Fatigue: Try a cup of peppermint tea or even a few whiffs of peppermint oil when you need a pick-me-up. It’s a healthier alternative to caffeine or “energy drinks.”
- Appetite Suppressant: Inhaling the scent of peppermint is said to reduce hunger and provide a feeling of fullness.
Peppermint is so beneficial to your digestive health that the master herbalists at Blessed Herbs have made sure that it’s included in Daily Digestive Balance, a new all-natural daily supplement that helps to maintain optimal digestion, promote regularity and alleviate gas, bloating and discomfort after eating and in-between.
When you make Daily Digestive Balance part of your natural healthcare program, you’ll be aiding your entire digestive tract with probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and soothing carminative herbs like peppermint leaf that have been used for centuries to aid digestive upsets. You simply won’t find a more comprehensive natural formula for your digestive needs.
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