Peppermint is a smell that often reminds us of dental hygiene products or holiday candy. Peppermint isn’t limited to just freshening breath. Peppermint can be used in multiple other ways and provide many health benefits as well.
Peppermint is recognized for soothing the stomach. It can help with indigestion, nausea, and also soothe the symptoms of IBS. Peppermint is commonly consumed in desserts, but can also be used in teas and coffees. In some cases, taking peppermint capsules can prove beneficial as well.
Peppermint can be used to soothe cold/flu symptoms. Peppermint can soothe sore throats and open the nasal passages. Peppermint oil can be added to a humidifier to treat cold symptoms or be taken in the form of a throat lozenge.
Peppermint oil can be used to help relieve muscle pain and tension headaches when applied topically mixed with a carrier oil. It can also be used to soothe irritated skin. This has led to it being added to lotions and soaps.
The smell of peppermint can also aid in improving your mood. Diffusing peppermint oil in your home can promote a calming environment and make it smell more inviting. If diffusers are not your thing, try a peppermint oil room spray or peppermint infused candle.
Consider trying peppermint for more than just your toothpaste. It might help improve your day to day. If nothing else, it will make you smell nice and refreshed.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Peppermint oil. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved February 2, 2022, from https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermint-oil#:~:text=Today%2C%20peppermint%20is%20promoted%20for,%2C%20joint%20pain%2C%20and%20itching.