Festive Flavor, Welcoming Aroma, Ready Remedy: Peppermint

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The fresh, cool flavor of peppermint candies and baked goods is part of the holiday season. But there are plenty of other reasons to keep peppermint leaves and essential oil on hand.

The therapeutic benefits of peppermint have been applied since ancient times, and modern research keeps validating what the docs of old already knew about the value of this herb.

Six Benefits of Peppermint

Here are six reasons to keep peppermint on hand this holiday season – or any season.

  1. The scent of peppermint is inviting and in some cultures is a symbol of hospitality. For instance, mint leaves were rubbed on tables in Greece to welcome guests, and it is a Middle East custom to offer mint tea to guests. Entering a home that is laced with the scent of peppermint brings a smile to most faces.
  2. Peppermint can help us maintain a festive holiday mood amid the bustle of preparations. The aroma of peppermint is a mood brightener that can decrease stress, increase alertness and enhance the workings of our memory. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to bath water cools our nervous system while also energizing our body.
  3. After putting up the tree with all its trimmings, hanging outdoor lights or shoveling snow, you might be feeling a few muscle aches. You can find relief by massaging peppermint essential oil into the sore muscles or by adding it to bath water and having a good soak.
  4. If you had to drive around the mall parking lot for 20 minutes to find a parking spot, walked around stores that were crowded and noisy, and trekked to countless shops to find just the right gifts, you may come home with a tension headache. For relief, put a few drops of peppermint oil on the inside of your wrists, rub a small amount on your temples and forehead, or drop some of the oil onto a cloth and deeply inhale the aroma.
  5. We often go to holiday parties and eat more delicious foods and sweets than are good for us. To remedy an upset stomach, put a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a small glass of water and drink it down. If intestinal gas is the problem, add peppermint leaves or oil to a cup a tea.
  6. Should you feel a cold coming on and have congestion, peppermint oil is a known decongestant and expectorant. The oil can be used as a chest rub or be inhaled by adding a few drops to a vaporizer.

Source: Dr. Mercola

 
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