Health Benefits of Peppermint
has long been known for both its great taste and its soothing medicinal
properties. Many people use peppermint leaves, brewed in tea for
example, to soothe stomach ailments and other mild illnesses. Fresh
peppermint and peppermint leaves have long been used for these purposes,
both in traditional medicine and in modern terms.
uses of peppermint
Peppermint teas, made from fresh peppermint leaves, have been popular
preparations for many years, and they continue to be used today.
In addition to soothing the digestive tract and limiting indigestion,
peppermint leaves have been shown to help alleviate the symptoms
of irritable bowel syndrome. Fresh peppermint and peppermint leaves
have long been used to treat stomach conditions like IBS.
uses of peppermint
Peppermint has also been shown to retard the growth of many varieties
of bacteria and fungi. It's thought to help relieve symptoms of
allergies and asthma as well.
When shopping for peppermint leaves it's important to find a source
that uses modern manufacturing techniques, and who does as little
processing as possible. If the peppermint leaves are too highly
processed they could lose a good deal of their medicinal value.
Growing your own peppermint plants is the best option for the freshest
Peppermint is generally easy to grow, and on top of providing a
great scent, growing peppermint around the perimeter of a home can
help discourage ants from entering the house.
are many ways to prepare peppermint leaves. But the most popular
way to prepare fresh peppermint leaves is to brew it into a tea.
The aroma of the peppermint as it steams can be just as therapeutic
as the peppermint itself, so be sure to breathe in the scent of
the peppermint to maximize its healing value.
popular way to brew tea from peppermint is to use one or two teaspoons
of dried peppermint leaves. Pour very hot, but not boiling, water
over the leaves, and cover the cup to prevent the valuable volatile
oils from being lost. Allow this mixture to steep for 10 minutes,
then strain and drunk as tea.
Those who suffer from frequent nausea and other stomach ailments
have a choice of drinking such a peppermint tea, or using one of
the many enteric coated capsules made with fresh peppermint leaves.
Both approaches work well, but it is important to know which approach
is best for your particular condition. When drinking peppermint
tea for chronic stomach problems, talk to your health practitioner
or nutritionist and let them know what you are doing.
note: I can personally vouch for the power of mint. I attended
a Christmas party in 2005. Bill of fare was fried turkey among other
equally unhealthy choices. Needless to say fifteen minutes after
dinner was over, I felt like I was going to explode from both ends.
I sucked Altoids mints and about ten minutes later I felt fine.
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