What is peppermint?

Peppermint is an aromatic bush that is a cross breed between spearmint and water-mint plant. The leaves are used to make essential oils, where the sent is used therapeutically, and food grade oil is used to flavour food and as a therapeutic agent for health. Peppermint has been used for at least 3000 years has been found in blends made by ancient Egyptians and placed in pyramids. It is also a symbol of hostility in many parts of the world. It is cultivated in Europe and North America. It is also often added to foods such as confectionary as well as oral hygiene products.

What does peppermint do in the body?

Peppermint is renowned for its anti-spasmodic effect and its carminative effect on the digestive tract. Many people take peppermint to help reduce flatulence and to calm down intestinal spasms after a meal and aid with indigestion. It works by calming down the muscles in the intestines, allowing gas to pass through which may ease abdominal pain and discomfort.

Why do I need peppermint?

Many people suffer from digestive issues, often this is excess wind and the associated pain which may sometimes be because of a harmful microbe in the gut. Sometimes the pain and gas can require therapeutic action or a preventative agent. Peppermint oil can be used to freshen breath without having to consume sugary mints or chewing gum.

How do I take peppermint supplements?

Peppermint comes in the form of a liquid oil, an oil in capsules and dry leaves in capsules and tea. The oil can be applied to the skin mixed with carrier oil and applied to the gums around a problem tooth. Add it to your skin in the summer to repel mosquitoes. It is also found in inhalations and skin products. Food grade peppermint oil can be used orally. Either drop 2 drops on the tongue for fresh breath or mix with a little water for a refreshing mouth wash. Peppermint oil can be used in homemade tooth paste as a flavouring agent.

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