Nature’s bounty is truly incredible; there are so many sources of natural goodness all around us that we take for granted. Let’s take a closer look at peppermint and its unexpected benefits for our bodies:
Peppermint’s refreshing fragrance can be used to invigorate the body and give you a natural boost when energy levels are low, and studies have linked taking peppermint oil capsules to improved cognitive ability.
If you need some extra help to improve your energy stores, peppermint tea may help to relax you before bed as it’s naturally caffeine-free, so it could be a better choice than other hot drinks in the evening.
Many of us suffer some sort of tummy upset, indigestion or discomfort from time to time. Research has shown that taking peppermint oil capsules can help, as the natural oil is known to smooth muscles in your digestive system and prevent them from spasming. You could also try rubbing peppermint oil into your abdomen for help without having to ingest this magical herb!
If you’re feeling a bit congested, it might interest you to know that one of the active compounds of peppermint, menthol, is great for improving nasal airflow. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory properties which may be beneficial if your sinuses are a little blocked following a cough or cold. You could try adding peppermint oil to a bowl of boiling water, positioning your head in the steam and covering yourself in a towel; inhaling the vapour of the peppermint oil to help you feel better.
We all know that mint is used to flavour most toothpastes and chewing gums, but why? Of all the flavours available, why mint? Aside from its fresh flavour, peppermint has antibacterial properties which are key to fighting bacteria that cause bad breath. Now you know! Some people even dab peppermint oil to bites to fight infection and stop itching.
As mentioned above, peppermint oil can help to relax muscles when ingested. Painful periods may be relieved by taking peppermint oil capsules, which is a great alternative to common pain medication. Alternatively, peppermint tea might help as the warm water promotes blood flow to the pelvic area and relaxes the muscles.