Today we are going to pay some attention to the fragrant, healthy herb called peppermint
. What is it? Where does it come from? How it helps? If you want to find out all the answers, just keep reading
So, peppermint is a hybrid mint
, a cross between spearmint and watermint. Do you remember all those candies, soaps and other stuff from the childhood? You can probably still feel the taste and smell coming from peppermint’s essential oil.
Ready for some history?
The Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians were the ones who used various types of mint as medicine
. In the end of the 17th
century the herb is officially acknowledged and today people use it differently. Of course, the most common way to consume it is as a tea
See 5 things peppermint may help you with:
- Upset stomach
Some researches show that the herb contains compounds that relieve the tissues in the gastric enteric nervous system. Hence, it may help with stomach issues and even with nausea during chemotherapy
The active compound in the green spice is menthol
. Scientific data proves that it’s able to reduce migraine symptoms. What’s more, peppermint can also lessen the risk of light sensitivity, queasiness and vomiting.
- Stuffy nose
Thanks to the antimicrobial power
of the herb you may easily get rid of the flu, which includes soothing the stuffy nose. The main suspect for the breathing comfort is again the menthol.
- Menstrual spasms
It turns out that menthol isn’t connected with the amount of ‘lost’ blood during menstruation. However, people say that the active compound may decrease its intensity and shorten the pain duration. Hurray!
- Seasonal allergies
Now is the time when many people suffer from the nature’s changes. Luckily, peppermint might help you enjoy the outdoor spaces in no time
. The rosmarinic acid (RA)
in the herb is said to reduce the histamine reaction of the body
. What does it mean: fewer symptoms like irritated and stuffed up nose, sneezing, red and itchy eyes.
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