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Basics of the Peppermint Plant Part 2

Peppermint has numerous healing benefits,this is Pinch Of Comfort’s favorite. Historically, the oil has been used to treat many conditions ranging from headaches, menstrual cramps, joint pain, indigestion, and common cold symptoms.  The leaf is used to treat intestinal disorders and gall bladder disease.

 

Numerous conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain and distention, hot flashes, stress, urinary tract infections, mental function, breast tenderness, and bad breath may be relieved with the addition of peppermint to one’s diet.  For headache relief, use a drop of peppermint on both index fingertips and massage the forehead and temple multiple times a day.  This technique is also helpful with cold symptoms and may also be applied around the sinuses to aide in congestion relief.  Use a hot compress of .5 mL of peppermint oil to 2 L of water and apply to the abdomen 20 minutes to relieve abdominal discomfort or a Herbal Heating and Cooling Pad will suffice.  To enhance mental performance, apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser pad and place in your work area.

 

Peppermint oil can interfere with certain drugs, herbs, and supplements.  Please note to use caution as peppermint is known to cause lowered blood pressure, lowered blood sugar levels, and can interact with pain relievers.  Do not apply the oil on the chest, nose or facial areas of infants or young children.

 

The leaf of the peppermint plant may be used as a tea to relive colic, nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite.  Adding a few drops of oil to a hot bath is also effective.  You can even try adding a strong peppermint candy to your hot bath!  Bathing with peppermint helps with hiccups, flatulence, and digestive issues.

 

The uses of peppermint oil in aromatherapy massage benefit morning and travel sickness, aching muscles, stomach issues, and diarrhea.  Used in a vaporizer or oil burner, the therapeutic scent eases, pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, colds, and laryngitis.  The oil is known to be added to mouthwash, toothpaste, lozenges, foot baths, and even insect repellents.

 

The distinctive scent of the menthol in the peppermint plant can improve focus and concentration.  The aroma triggers the part of the brain that is associated with memory called the hippocampus.  It is also known to relieve mental fatigue by re-energizing the mind simply by inhaling the fresh pure essential oilPeppermint clears your thoughts and allows you to deeply breathe freely again.  There is a wealth of B vitamins including riboflavin, folic acid and niacin in peppermint.

 

Peppermint syrup helps to relieve indigestion.  Boil 4 cups of water and add 2 ounces of fresh leaves and cover.  Simmer for ½ hr; cool, then strain the leaves. Continue cooking over low heat to reduce the liquid to one cup.  Next, combine 2 cups of honey, simmer, constantly stirring until the syrup forms.  Add one tablespoon of syrup to one coup of water after eating.  The syrup may then be stored in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

 

Peppermint is NOT recommended for people with GERD or heartburn as it can worsen symptoms.

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