Indulge in Peppermint This Holiday Season

Did You Know…this delicious and beloved herb is clinically proven against serious digestive disorders, digestive discomfort, and multiple other health concerns?

As the holidays approach we are teased with the scent of the season and the promise of peppermint-coated candy canes and peppermint-flavored schnapps.  There’s no reason to wait until after Thanksgiving to bust out the minty celebration. Peppermint imparts a plethora of medicinal benefits that you should be benefiting from ASAP! From digestive ailments to skin irritations, peppermint is just what the doctor ordered

Clinically Proven Against Chronic Digestive Conditions 

Peppermint relaxes stomach and intestinal muscles, thereby soothing abdominal upset caused by indigestion, heartburn, gas, and bloating.  A cup of peppermint tea helps bile travel through the stomach faster so that you aren’t held back by painful digestive gas and indigestion.

Peppermint is the treatment of choice for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic digestive complication that greatly impairs quality of life.  If you suffer from IBS, ask your doctor about supplementing with enteric coated peppermint capsules, which prevent peppermint oil from leaking into the stomach and causing heartburn and indigestion.

Studies confirm that peppermint provides significant benefit for IBS.

 

Two separate studies found that both adults and children treated with enteric-coated peppermint capsules twice a day for 4 weeks enjoyed a 75% reduction in IBS symptoms.

A Taiwanese study confirmed that IBS sufferers who supplemented with an enteric coated peppermint oil formulation 3 to 4 times daily for 1month experienced less abdominal distention, less stool frequency, and less gas than those who took a placebo, and 80% of patients reported an easing of abdominal discomfort.
Warning: Experts say that individuals diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, should avoid peppermint.  Because peppermint so effectively loosens stomach muscles, it may exacerbate GERD symptoms by encouraging stomach acids to back up into the esophagus, worsening heartburn and indigestion.

Effective Against the Common Cold 

Infused with natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, peppermint also helps kick the common cold with a heady dose of menthol.  Menthol, found in the leaves and stems of the peppermint plant, acts as a decongestant, loosening mucous and phlegm to heal sore throats and coughs.  The menthol in peppermint can be taken as a tea or tincture, and is an added ingredient in many chest rubs designed to calm common cold symptoms.  As a side benefit, menthol has also been shown to suppress the growth of prostate cancer!

Peppermints Many Other Perks

Itching from hives, poison ivy or poison oak? Apply a peppermint ointment containing between 1-16% menthol to skin to soothe and cool. Headache has you bedridden or anxiety got you down? Mix 1 part peppermint oil with 9 parts pure grain alcohol for a peppermint tincture. Rub on your temples and forehead, or add to a soothing bath to alleviate headaches and melt away anxiety. Hay fever or asthma symptoms flaring up? Peppermint leaves contain rosmarinic acid, which naturally suppresses the release of histamine, thereby inhibiting symptoms of hay fever.Be it in tea, tincture, or capsule form, peppermint can also…

  • Reduce pain from shingles
  • Alleviate the symptoms of herpes simplex virus type 2
  • Increase memory and alertness
  • Prevent cavities and halitosis
  • Tackle dandruff and lice
  • Relive muscle pain
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