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Peppermint:

Unveiling the Health Benefits

By Lisa BriskeyPublished 3 months ago 3 min read

Did you know that peppermint Mentha + Piperita) is a mixture of watermint and spearmint, which is a hybrid of the mint family. Or that there are more than 25 species of Menth but that the peppermint is the most commonly used. I did not know this until I researched this for my peppermint article. It is native to Asia and Europe and is known for its minty flavor.

You will find the flavor of peppermint (mentha piperita) in teas, gum, and toothpaste. Peppermint is great for upset stomach and digestion problems. I drink a cup of peppermint tea when I have an upset stomach or a headache. Peppermint is found in fresh or dry leaves (for teas), essential oils (found in tinctures, creams, etc), or in enteric-coated capsules. When using peppermint essential oils consult with a doctor first and do a patch test before using. It is important to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil.

Health Benefits

Peppermint has been around for thousands of years and is known for its medicinal uses and health benefits.

1). May Ease Digestive Issues

Studies have shown taking peppermint oil helped ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by 40%. Even though there are no studies of drinking peppermint tea with digestion issues it may still help.

2). May Help Relieve Migraines and Headaches

Studies have shown that rubbing peppermint essential oil on the temple and forehead has helped relieve pain from certain headaches due to its cooling sensation. Peppermint oil has menthol in it which increases the blood flow. Even though there are no studies about peppermint tea easing headaches, studies have shown that peppermint oil reduces migraine and tension headaches.

3). May Freshen the Breath

Peppermint may improve one's breath because its antibacterial properties help kill germs that can cause dental plaque.

4). May Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant which is why it may help relieve cramps. Drinking peppermint tea may help but more studies need to be done.

5). May Improve Concentration

Studies show that peppermint oil capsules can improve cognitive tests whereas smelling the oil can improve memory and alertness.

Peppermint Tea Recipe

1/2 cup dry peppermint leaves

3-4 cups water

honey or sweetener

Instructions

Boil the water in a tea kettle.

Place the tea leaves in a tea ball.

Place the tea ball in a cup,

Pour the hot water into the cup.

Steep the tea for 5 minutes.

Add the honey or sweetener to the tea.

You can also use a tea bag if you prefer.

Dosing

According to WebMD, "Peppermint oil has most often been used by adults in doses of 270-1350 mg by mouth daily for up to 4 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition" (webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-705/peppermint).

Side Effects

Some possible side effects of peppermint are heartburn, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. Do not take peppermint if you have the following: hiatus hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), have hemolytic anemia, or are allergic to peppermint. Do not put it on children's faces as it can lead to life-threatening breathing problems.

Interaction

Peppermint may interact with Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), medications that are taken for the liver, ulcer medications, drugs that reduce stomach acid, calcium channel blockers, and other drugs for hypertension and high blood pressure. Do not use with antacids.

Summary

Peppermint tea with its natural compounds may benefit one's health. Peppermint tea is a caffeine-free drink that one can drink anytime during the day.

Though studies are showing the benefits of peppermint oil and capsules, there needs to be more research done on the benefits of peppermint tea.

Peppermint may improve digestion issues, memory, concentration, headaches, one's breath, menstrual cramps, and many more.

Disclaimer

As always consult your doctor before using peppermint. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, readers are advised to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making any decision based on this content. The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered for a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of or reliance on the information.

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About the Creator

Lisa Briskey

I love to write, crochet, and sew. I am a grandmother of a two-year-old granddaughter.

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