Power of Peppermint #bebetter52
Peppermint does more than whiten teeth and freshen breath. Thistherapeutic plant has endless health benefits to help you Be Better!
This week, explore the power of peppermint. Grab some fresh peppermint leaves or peppermint essential oil to take advantage of one of nature’s most valuable herbal remedies.
Peppermint has several healing properties. First, it’s used as an antibacterial and antiseptic remedy, often applied to the skin to prevent bacterial growth. It also helps reduce colonic spasms and gas by relaxing the muscles of our intestines and easing abdominal pain. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to water can mitigate upset stomachs and indigestion. The Power of Peppermint http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx explains how peppermint oil is “the drug of first choice” for patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The menthol in the oil acts as an antispasmodic, calming the stomach.
Did you know that peppermint oil can even benefit the respiratory system? The menthol in peppermint oil can help clear the respiratory tract. Peppermint can relieve colds or coughs, as well as more serious sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
According to Mother Earth News, peppermint can even help decrease anxiety and maintain focus. The menthol in peppermint relaxes muscles, helping people with sleep deprivation or anxiety by releasing tension in their bodies.
You may be wondering how you get a dose of peppermint. One easy way is to drink a cup of peppermint tea, using either the dried herb or fresh leaves. You can also keep essential peppermint oil on hand. Inhale it, apply it topically or add it to a glass of water.
Don’t forget to complete the peppermint challenge this week so Be Better Movement will donate $1 to charity. If you post using the #bebetter52, we donate $2.
Go out and enjoy some peppermint today. It will leave you smelling good and feeling even better!
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