Know Your Medicinal Herbs: Peppermint

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Peppermint often provides a wonderful aroma throughout your home whether it’s from a plant or from oils that are heated. Aside from making your home smell good, there are a few other benefits that you can enjoy from the herb. Try to use peppermint in a variety of ways so that you’re not only relying on the aroma. Examples include essential oils that you put on your skin or oils that you gently heat on your stove.  
 
Energy 

When you smell peppermint, you likely feel a renewed sense of energy. Peppermint can stimulate your central nervous system, which can lead to being more alert during the day and enhanced performance, especially when you feel sluggish and weak.  
 
Headaches 

Instead of reaching for a bottle of medication, try rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples or on your forehead to help soothe headaches. Peppermint works by stimulating blood flow in your body as well as relaxing some of the tension that you might feel in your muscles, which are reasons as to why you might experience headaches during the day.  
 
Clear Your Sinuses 

If you have trouble breathing or experience frequent sinus infections, then put a few drops of peppermint oil in a humidifier or even in your shower before turning on the hot water. The aroma from the peppermint can help to clear your nasal passages, leading to better breathing and the ability to expel mucus a bit easier.  
 
Bowel Symptoms 

There are a few different bowel conditions that peppermint can help with if you consume the herb or oil orally including adding it to tea or water. Peppermint can help with irritable bowels and upset stomachs. It can also help decrease the amount of indigestion that you might have. If you experience motion sickness while traveling or morning sickness when you’re pregnant, then consider using peppermint to help relieve some of the symptoms that you might have. 

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