Peppermint: Your Holiday Helper!
are about a week away from Christmas and the holiday bustle is in full swing.
Last minute shopping is being done, recipes are being googled and Amazon prime
boxes fill doorsteps across the country. Preparing for Christmas day, or even
the days leading up to Christmas if you have family coming in town can lead to
stress. And let’s be honest stress never stays in, it always manifests itself
in some physical form. Whether it be a stomachache, appetite changes, headache,
change in bowel habits…it always makes itself known. I have found one holiday
ingredient staple that can help alleviate some of these unwanted, irritating
symptoms. Read below to learn more about 4 positive benefits of our holiday
helper, the peppermint.
Calms GI Distress: Peppermint is known to relax the tissues in the GI tract and can help relieve
nausea and vomiting. Research shows that coated peppermint oil capsules can alleviate
side effects of IBS like stomach pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
Relieves Headaches: The active ingredient in peppermint is menthol which
can ease symptoms of migraine headaches like pain, light sensitivity, nausea,
and vomiting. Applying a peppermint oil solution to your forehead and temples
can help take away tension headaches, as well. If you have any friends that
sell essential oils, you have probably heard them talk about these benefits!
Fights Bacteria: Not only does the flavor of peppermint freshen your
breath, but its antibacterial properties may also help get rid of the germs
that cause the bad breath in the first place and could also help you fight off
the common cold.
Sharpens Focus: If you want to feel more alert during the day,
peppermint oil will do the trick. Research has shown that capsules of
peppermint oil can help people process problems longer without getting mentally
tired. The herb’s potent smell may also boost your memory. I don’t know about
you, but in middle school our teachers gave us peppermint candies to eat
whenever we took standardized tests! Now I know why!
Whether you consume peppermint through leaf,
candy, capsule or oil form the benefits are the same! Some forms are more
potent than others so always follow the directions for capsules and oils. Head
on over to the recipe page for a quick and easy holiday peppermint snack!
Posted by Lindsey Davis