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PEPPERMINT: the ultimate digestion stimulator

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Posted By Jen Swallow

Introduction

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think peppermint?

CANDY CANES! Yep! This herb is used for candy canes as well as other gums and candies.

But, have you ever tried raw natural peppermint? If not, prepare to rush to our garden to pick some up once you read this blog! The benefits of this helpful herb will shock you.

Benefits

Have you noticed how in many restaurants at the end of the meal they leave you peppermint candies or they are available at the hostess counter on your way out?

There’s a reason for this! Peppermint stimulates digestion after meals and can help with nausea and gas that may come after a big meal. Peppermint is a carminative herb, incase you have not had a chance to read our blog on garlic, this means it is an herb that aids digestion overall. So how can it aid digestion?

  1. Nervous stomach before a presentation? Try Peppermint tea!

  2. Diarrhea, bloating, and gas can be relieved by drinking some peppermint tea

  3. Has been clinically shown to aid in the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) – this could be peppermint tea as well as some peppermint essential oil

  4. Can help to freshen up breath!

  5. Simply SMELLING the peppermint aroma has shown to improve mood and energy

  6. Can help with the itching and inflammation of sunburns

  7. Can help with the common cold and congestion of the lungs

Recommended amount:

Both fresh and dried peppermint work equally. When using fresh herb use twice as much than dried herb due to strength in taste.

Safe to use Daily = 1-3 tsp dried 3 times a day! Using a high dosage of this herb could cause reflux disease so stick to the recommendation.

Helpful tips:

  1. To help with congestion of lungs while sick make an herbal steam: place peppermint (dried or fresh) in a bowl and pour in just boiled water. Place face above bowl with a sheet draped over you to catch the rising steam

  2. For sunburns or aches and pains soak a cloth with peppermint tea and place on affected area.

How to make peppermint tea:

  1. Take 1-3 tsp of dried peppermint (2-6 tsp fresh peppermint could be used) and add it into a mug. Add in 1 cup of just boiled water and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Cover mug to decrease the loss of oils.

I have plenty of fresh raw peppermint to sell locally. If you are interested comment below for more information!

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