The stimulating aroma of fresh peppermint is a popular flavoring for toothpaste, tea and of course gum. It also has numerous health benefits from digestion relief and increasing memory to keeping mosquitos away. My garden always has a big patch of mint growing in it for my salad, teas and smoothies. Why should you add some to your daily herb regimen?
The key ingredients in peppermint (menthol and methyl salicylate) are antispasmodic, which have a calming effect on the digestive tract.
Has a Soothing Effect
Those two ingredients in peppermint have a soothing effect on the stomach helping the digestive tract to settle down, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dyspepsia is identified as an upset stomach with bloating, nausea and burping. It was found that peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, gave relief to the symptoms of dyspepsia in a study at the University Medical Clinic, in Bochum, Germany.
Colic in Infants
Research found that peppermint was as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.
Nausea Induced by Chemotherapy
The peppermint oil helps reduce nausea created by chemotherapy which is much less expensive than standard drug-based treatments according to research.
Reduces IBS Symptoms
Peppermint oil was found to lessen spasms in the colon of IBS patients—in fact, the research found it reduced the symptoms more than the medication Buscopan.
Effectively Moves Food From Stomach to Intestines
It was found that peppermint oil improved the movement of food called ‘gastric emptying’ which is very helpful for those with digestive tract disorders. Learn about some more Home Remedies for Nausea
Reduces Breastfeeding Nipple Pain and Damage
It was found that peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in a study of one hundred and ninety-six breastfeeding mothers.
Hair Growth Increased
Those going bald or with thinning hair now can use peppermint oil on their heads. A study in Korea found it had a positive effect on new hair follicles without any negative side effects.
It was found that when the essential oil of peppermint was inhaled there was a rapid regression of tuberculosis inflammation in the research; they believe it may prevent recurrence of the disease.
Applying peppermint oil (containing 10 percent menthol) can help relieve pain. As an example in a study, a woman applied it to her skin and got very quick pain relief which remained for 4-6 hours.
Inhibits Prostate Cancer
The menthol in peppermint was found to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer in clinical research.
Relief for Headaches
A combination of peppermint and eucalyptus oil were applied to the temples and forehead to help relieve headache pain in a study at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany. They found it reduced headaches.
Good for Teeth
Peppermint oil has been found to inhibit the formation of plaque, which is linked to cavities. Also, it is very useful for freshening the breath and whitening teeth.
Scientists in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK did a study with peppermint oil and ylang-ylang oil and found that peppermint oil increased memory and alertness whereas ylang-ylang impaired it.
Soothing Skin Irritations
It can be helpful for skin irritations, like poison ivy.
Helps Stop Herpes from Spreading
It has been found in studies to inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.