Natural Food Energy | Health Benefits Of Peppermint | A well-known digestive aid, peppermint has many other benefits and is one of the most popular traditional remedies used today. This dark green, strongly flavored variety of mint can help to beat colds and flu.
A well-known digestive aid, peppermint has many other benefits and is one of the most popular traditional remedies used today. This dark green, strongly flavored variety of mint can help to beat colds and flu.
Native to Europe but now grown all over the world, peppermint is not a species in its own right but a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. Often known as the world’s oldest medicine, peppermint may have been used as a remedy for more than ten thousand years.
Peppermint contains menthol, a substance useful for clearing congestion in the nose and chest from colds and infections. It is calming and anti-inflammatory, and also a good source of the minerals iron, needed for healthy blood, and calcium, necessary for strong bones and teeth. This useful herb also improves circulation and can help to treat both chills and fevers.
It has analgesic properties, which are useful for headaches, inflamed joints, neuralgia, and sciatica. The volatile oils are anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-viral. They also have antiseptic qualities, which make it ideal for use in toothpaste and mouthwashes to protect teeth and gums, as well as to freshen the breath.
Traditionally it has been used to treat toothache. From a bunch of fresh leaves to a tube of sweets, any form of peppermint can relieve digestive upsets fast. It soothes the burning pain of indigestion, counteracts nausea, kills bacteria, relieves wind and regulates intestinal movement. Its ability to stop muscle spasm makes it a useful remedy for irritable bowel syndrome and for the abdominal cramps felt during painful periods.
It has also been found to inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori, which has been identified as being the main cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, use it with caution if you suffer from heartburn (when stomach acids rise into the throat), as although peppermint helps many sufferers, others find that it makes their heartburn worse.
Peppermint Nutrition | Vitamins: A, B2, B3, C, E, beta-carotene, folic acid; calcium, copper, IRON, MAGNESIUM, MANGANESE, PHOSPHORUS, POTASSIUM; FIBRE,* OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS; VOLATILE OILS
15 Health Benefits Of Peppermint
- GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
- GOOD FOR HAIR, TEETH, AND NAILS
- GOOD FOR THE SKIN
- GOOD FOR THE EYES
- GOOD FOR THE HEART
- GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
- GOOD FOR THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
- GOOD FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Easy Peppermint Recipe
PIPERADE (serves 1)
- 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
- 1 Egg
Fry the pepper and onion in the oil over low heat until the onion is soft. Add the tomatoes, cayenne pepper and mint. Stir for 2 minutes, then break the egg over the Vegetables and cook until the yolk is cooked as desired. Serve immediately.
PEPPERMINT FOOTBATH (for tired feet)
- 50g/2ozpeppermint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 liter/35fl oz/4 cups boiling water
- 1.75l/44fl oz/7 ½ cups hot water
- 1 tsp borax
- 1 tbsp Epsom salts
Combine the herbs with the boiling water in a large bowl. Leave for 1 hour, then strain. Add to a bowl or footbath filled with hot water. Stir in the borax and Epsom salts. Soak the feet for 15-20 minutes.
- 4 tbsp finely chopped peppermint
- 2.5cm/1in piece root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tsp clear honey
Boil 500ml/18fl oz/2 cups water and pour over the mint and ginger in a bowl. Leave to steep until cool enough to drink. Stir in the honey and drink when dissolved.