The peppermint plant is derived from the cross between a water mint and spearmint plant. It grows abundantly in Europe and North America. If you’ve ever tried to grow peppermint, you know how easily it grows, and grows, and grows. Plant peppermint cautiously as it will invade the entire growing area very quickly and prove very difficult to irradiate should you want to remove the plant. In the past I’ve grown peppermint in a container to prevent its invasive nature.
Health Benefits of Peppermint
1. Peppermint oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of IBS by as much as 50%.
2. Peppermint can also act as a muscle relaxant on both the intestines and body muscles such as the low back thereby relieving pain in those areas.
3. Helps with upset stomach and indigestion. If you have an upset stomach try adding a couple drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and drink it, you should begin to feel relief soon there after.
4. Similarly, peppermint has been shown to help babies with colic as well as over the counter medications.
5. Peppermint water helps prevent nipple pain and cracks in breastfeeding mothers.
6. Peppermint oil applied topically helps shingles patients and prevents reoccurrences for up to 2 months.
7. Inhaling peppermint can improve memory and alertness. Pass the peppermint oil, I’m a tired mom of many.
8. Peppermint oil when added to toothpaste can help prevent cavities and freshen breath.
9. Relieves cough and congestion when applied on the chest or inhaled using a diffuser.
10. Relives headaches and stress when applied to the temples or in a bath.
11. Antibacterial and antiseptic properties when applied to the scalp with shampoo. Helps with dandruff and lice.
Peppermint Oil is an essential oil that I always have on hand, most often numerous bottles so that there is always one within reach. Make sure you are purchasing this and all of your essential oils from a reputable organic source. I love Mountain Rose Herbs for all of my essential oils.
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