Peppermint is a well-known digestive and is helpful for digestive disorders associated with pain and spasm, from gas and colic and cramps to diarrhea, due to its stimulating action on the digestive organs and its ability to relax tension.
As peppermint is part of the mint family; it is rich in minerals and vitamins. Peppermint contains magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium, sodium, selenium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamins A and C, and protein. Most of these vitamins and minerals are water-soluble, so the best way to enjoy the nutrient profile of peppermint is in a water-based extraction, such as tea.
I find peppermint great to use as a steam for nasal and chest congestion as the cool menthol is so soothing and will break up the mucus and reduce coughing. Just a note, spearmint is a better option for children as peppermint is a little too strong for them.
Peppermint is both relaxing and stimulating to the nervous system. Its relaxant action calms anxiety and relieves tension and its stimulating action can be used to wake up in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up to recharge vital energy. It also increases mental clarity and aids concentration
You can make:
- Salve for chest congestion from colds and flu (safe for kids if using peppermint as an infused oil, not an essential oil)
- Teas (hot or cold)
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