Health Benefits of Peppermint
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Health Benefits of Peppermint

Health Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint's Health Benefits

There's a good reason your local pizzeria has a bowl full of peppermints next to the till. They make a nice after-dinner sweet as well as good short-term breath fresheners. Peppermint in the right form also combats indigestion and reduces bloating. And it not only makes an ideal digestive sweet, its healing powers are more potent than you might imagine.

Intestine protection

Peppermint is among the best herbs for digestive problems and intestinal pain. The oil it contains, especially menthol and menthone, relax the smooth muscles that line the intestinal tract, helping to relieve cramping. British gastroenterologists who sprayed diluted peppermint oil on endoscopes found that is stopped painful spasms in less than 30 seconds.

The herb's antispasmodic properties make it a natural choice for easing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes unpredictable cramping, indigestion and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea.

In a study conducted in Taiwan, IBS patients who were given peppermint oil capsules 15 to 30 minutes before meals had a significant reduction in bloating. Abdominal pain was reduced or disappeared completely in some areas.

Doctors who have an interest in herbal medicine now recommend peppermint for a variety of digestive complaints which are:

  1. Wind-because it aids digestion, peppermint can help you to avoid or at least cut down on flatulence.
  2. Gallstones- preliminary evidence suggests that peppermint helps to dissolve gallstones and could potentially reduce the need for invasive surgery.
  3. Nausea- peppermint slightly anaesthetizes the stomach lining and reduces mild nausea.
  4. Stomach ulcers- peppermint can help to relieve the pain of stomach ulcers and aid healing.

Less congestion and pain

Whether you choose to drink the tea or sniff the aromatic vapors. you will find peppermint an effective decongestant that thins mucus and reduces nasal inflammation. It may even reduce bronchial constriction and the tightening of the airways that accompanies asthma attacks.

If you get frequent headaches, try dabbing a little diluted peppermint oil on your forehead and temples. A small study of 32 headache patients found the oil an effective pain-killer.

The menthol in peppermint has significant pain-killing powers. Whether you're an athlete or weakened warrior, keep some peppermint oil in your medicine chest to rub into sore muscles. As it's too strong to use neat, mix a few drops with a tablespoon of a neutral carrier oil such as sunflower or olive oil.

Like many essential oil, peppermint kills certain viruses and bacteria. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cup of water to make a germ-killing mouthwash. Or to freshen your breath, place a drop or two of the oil on your tongue.

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