It is found in toothpaste, chewing gum, and candy. It is a great way to make meals taste better, and it is also the flavor of ice cream that one might have for dessert after some of those meals as well. It is even sold as an herbal tea. Peppermint is definitely popular and well known, but it does have several benefits that more people might want to know, too.
Peppermint is known for treating bad breath. It gives the mouth a much fresher feeling of cleanliness that most herbs and candies would not be able to do. This is one of the more familiar benefits of peppermint as well.
Peppermint oil is good to have whenever one needs that warming/cooling feeling, which is why some people will put it on their skin whenever they are experiencing pain or itchiness. Peppermint is said to contain menthol. This would be the most active ingredient in the peppermint oil. It is what helps relieve pain from under the skin, such as sore muscles or a hurt back. Some people even use it to deal with headaches as well.
A more obvious use of peppermint is likely whenever one deals with respiratory/sinus problems. The menthol in it helps make breathing easier. This is one reason that one might be drinking peppermint tea while experiencing a bad cold or flu. Not only is the warmth and smoothness of the tea good for the throat, but the peppermint found in the tea helps loosen up nasal passages at the same time as well.
Peppermint is also great for dealing with nausea. It soothes and comforts the inside of the bowels. It helps calm down the uneasiness of that unpleasant sick feeling. It is also a great way to feel better after having almost any meal where one is already not feeling well afterwards anyway.
Peppermint is also known for making one feel calmer and more relaxed as well. The menthol is said to be the main agent for this one, according to some scientific studies. It is a good way to relieve stress at the end of a long day.
Although the benefits of peppermint need to be studied further, it continues to be an herb known for comfort in many different ways. Whether it is for bad breath, a sour stomach, or an unpleasant cold, peppermint is what many people choose to go to for the relief they need.
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