Peppermint is a wonderful plant. It is very versatile, smells great and can be used for many purposes. Kids and adults like love peppermint candies all times of the year, especially during the holidays. You can also use peppermint in aromatherapy for medicinal purposes. In fact, studies show that peppermint can actually give your mind a boost. When you are feeling a mid-day slump, pop a peppermint in your mouth or lit a peppermint scented candle and you will be ready to face the world.
Studies suggest that peppermint can be used for medicinal reasons as well. It is soothing to the throat when you are suffering from upper respiratory ailments and can stop a cold dead in its tracks. Plus, peppermint is safe for children, too. You can actually grow peppermint in your garden and use the leaves to spice up your recipes and drinks, too. You simply cannot go wrong with letting peppermint spice up your life a little.
Interestingly enough, the history of using peppermint goes back for centuries. For years, people have recognized peppermint for its unique healing properties. At a time when you could not simply walk into the drug store for a medicine, peppermint was widely available to help. Not only can peppermint heal coughs and colds, it is also well known for helping with digestive disorders. If you are feeling a bit queasy, a dose of peppermint can help. You can also use peppermint to help with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Now you know that restaurants give out peppermints at the end of the meal not just for fighting bad breath!
How about asthma? Peppermint can help with that, too. In fact, you will find a wide range of uses for peppermint that you may have never even considered. Allergies can benefit from peppermint, too.
When you want to use peppermint, the best way to do it is to use it in either aromatherapy or take it internally. It is not recommended to take straight peppermint oil, but peppermint candies work well. You can also grow and harvest your own peppermint plants. Even if you do not have a green thumb, you will find that peppermint is a cinch to grow. It just needs some good light and water. You can even plant peppermint in your garden to ward off pests. Ants and mice hate peppermint, so you can grow it to protect your other plants.
Another great way to use peppermint is to boil a cup of peppermint tea. Pour hot boiling water directly over the fresh leaves. You can even purchase dried peppermint leaves that will work well for this purpose. The smell is wonderful and you will find it helping you in no time at all.
There is perhaps no other plant known that is so versatile and easy accessible. The next time you are thinking about peppermint, remember it is not just for the holidays! You can use it all year long to benefit your health.