Just what is peppermint? Peppermint is a plant that's so easy to grow it's best to keep it contained so it doesn't take over your whole garden! It grows 1 - 3 feet tall and like all members of the mint family, it has a square stem. Harvesting the leaves right before flowering insures the highest quality and most flavorful herb. You can either use the fresh leaves or dry them for later use.
Peppermint is a plant that most people don't think about when medicinal herbs are mentioned but in reality, peppermint is very versatile and can be very helpful in treating a variety of complaints.
So what is peppermint good for?
Forms of Peppermint
Peppermint can be used in many different forms...
(The traditional after-dinner mints were used not only to freshen breath but to aid in digestion also! Sadly, today most "after-dinner" mints contain very little real peppermint oil.)
Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Peppermints therapeutic effect comes mainly from it's high menthol content but it actually contains more than 40 different compounds!
Please note that not all essential oils are pure enough to be edible!
Getting back to the benefits of peppermint essential oil, here's some uses for it:
What is peppermint tea good for?
To get the most benefits of peppermint tea, mix 1 - 2 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves in boiling water and steep 5 - 10 minutes. Make sure to cover the cup so the volatile oils don't escape! Drink and enjoy 3 - 4 cups a day to help with digestion problems or congestion.
What is peppermint capsules good for?
If for some reason you can't stand the taste of peppermint you can try enteric-coated capsules available at health food stores. They release the peppermint right into the large and small intestines which is great for IBS, nausea, or gallstones. Follow instructions on the bottle and take between meals.
Now if anyone asks you, "What is peppermint", you can tell them it's so much more than a flavoring!
And there's so much more to say about peppermint so I hope you'll share your own peppermint remedies and recipes below!
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