Peppermint is one of America’s favorite and iconic flavors. Who doesn’t love this minty candy, especially during the holidays? Peppermint is more than just a delicious flavor, it can have major health benefits.
Check out some common health benefits and uses of peppermint.
Memory and Alertness
One of the most surprising benefits of peppermint is its ability to enhance memory and increase alertness. Simply drop peppermint oil into a diffuser or burner during activities that require more mental focus.
Headaches and Stress Relief
Known as a common muscle relaxer, peppermint has been found to ease tension headaches and relieve stress. By using aromatherapy or even applying peppermint oil directly to your body, you can enjoy the health benefits of this popular mint.
As a natural decongestant, peppermint can help to clear your respiratory tract and provide relief for nasal congestion, cough and cold symptoms. To get the best results, you can use peppermint oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale through a diffuser.
Peppermint is a great antidote for common digestive problems. Peppermint is a natural antispasmodic that relaxes muscles in the intestines and help relieve indigestion. According to the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, peppermint oil may also improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
The health benefits of peppermint are many and it’s pretty simple to turn this holiday staple into a natural remedy for some common health issues. Let us know the different uses you’ve found for peppermint!
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