Beneficial Peppermint and Your Health

Posted by Colleen Fletcher on

peppermint leaf

 

Easily cultivated, peppermint will awaken and stimulate your mind.  It is both warming and cooling, so it is perfect for bumps and bruises, and the perfect digestive aide. Peppermint is helpful for states of anger as it cools the mind. If mental fatigue and nervousness are more your malaise, then peppermint will be of benefit to you also.

Peppermint will help remedy numerous ailments and states of mind. It is one of the most easily grown herbs in your home and garden.


Beneficial if you have:

  • Nausea
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Mental fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vertigo
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Hepatic disorders
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Bruising
  • Cramping from muscle exertion 
  • Menstrual aches and pains
  • Swelling
  • Muscle pain
  • Upset tummy

Peppermint is: 

  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Decongestant
  • Digestive aide
  • Expectorant
  • Emmenagogue - something that increases menstrual flow
  • Stimulating
  • Refreshing
  • Mild anesthetic
  • Astringent
  • Expectorant

Seems to me you can't go wrong with having a little bit of peppermint in your cupboard. Whether it is used as an essential oil or in herbal format, the benefits and uses are many.


So how do you use peppermint?

Use peppermint in both herbal and essential oil formats.

  • Topically with dilution
  • Infusion/Tea
  • Bath
  • Massage

Upset belly?  Make a tea out of the leaves, fresh or dried work

This soothing tea is both warming and cooling so no matter if your stomach ache is hot or cold (yes, this happens), peppermint tea will help to soothe the internal dialog that your body is having.

  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried peppermint leaves.
  • 8 oz boiling water.
  • Boil water and pour over a loosely packed tea bag/ball.
  • Allow leaves to steep in water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Feel free to chew on a couple of fresh leaves if you have them.

I'm a fan of peppermint tea, it is my 'go to' soothing remedy.

This is a perfect tea to drink cold as well.



Have a bump or bruise?

Rub a little peppermint on.  The best way to do this is to make up a small amount you can keep on hand, then blend gently on your skin as you need it.  If you do not have a pre-made blend then try this:


  • 1oz carrier oil - hazelnut, coconut etc.
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil.
  • Store in a cobalt or amber glass bottle.
  • Use a dropper for easy usage.
  • When needed put a small amount on your bruise.

Use this blend in a bath too!

TIP: Smooth over skin before getting into a nice warm bath, this keeps the oils on you more than the side of the tub.


Need a decongestant for your congested sinuses?  

  • The blend that you made for a bump or bruise.  
  • Open that bottle.  
  • Inhale deeply. 
  • You might even want to put a super small dab of it on your upper lip - this could be strong for you so do be careful, I would stick with only inhaling gently.

Want an astringent to clean your cuts? And even use as your facial cleanser?

  • 2 oz of witch hazel.
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil.
  • Store in a cobalt or amber glass bottle.
  • Use a spray closure, then you are ready to clean a cut when you need it.  This too, is very strong so be careful and if needed use less of the peppermint.
  • Use the same bottle and recipe for a facial cleanser.  Use morning and night for clean, refreshed skin.

Tired and stressed?

Peppermint tea at night will help ease tensions.

 

TTFN

Colleen

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