Wellness Wednesday: Peppermint

Tis the season for giving, caroling and peppermint. Peppermint flavored coffees, candies and lotions starts with the first mention of the holiday season and doesn’t let up until after New Years. I thought it would be a perfect time to elaborate on the seasonal ingredient and possibly surprise you with the laundry list of health benefits it brings.

Peppermint and it’s treatment for a variety of symptoms and ailments is not something new. The use of peppermint leaves, essential oil, and tea has been something humans used for centuries yet there is still so much we can learn about it.

dsc_2054Peppermint is best known for the cooling effect it can have on the body due to its high amounts of menthol. What most people may not know (yet I find the most interesting) is peppermint contains manganese, copper, vitamin c and has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

I promised short and straight to the point this week, so lets cover the most interesting uses and the ones that I personally find to be true.

dividerTop 5 Uses of Peppermint for Wellness

  1. Alleviates headaches-especially for tension headaches, I use peppermint essential oil on my temples and feel relief almost instantly
  2. Diminishes nausea-since I was little my mom always offered me peppermint candies when I felt nauseous. Properties in the herb activate our digestive enzymes and in turn alleviates the nauseous feeling we have
  3. Soothes sore muscles/joints-peppermint stimulates blood circulation and is an anti-inflammatory which gives sore muscles relief and helps them recover faster
  4. Zaps breakouts-because of it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint can soothe the irritated skin and clean off excess dirt or germs that come along with acne
  5. Keeps you alert-the invigorating scent of peppermint helps to wake up your senses and gain mental clarity, try peppermint tea for an afternoon pick-me-up

dividerSo there you have it, there may be more healing qualities than you thought in the candy canes and peppermint bark we’ve been gobbling up these past few weeks. As if we needed another reason to enjoy the flavors of this time of year 😉

dsc_2055What do you like to use peppermint in? I would love to hear!

<3 Megan




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