Home Remedies and Medicinal uses for Peppermint

Aside from peppermint being a great breath freshener, it has numerous healing properties and medicinal 
uses such as relieving indigestion, gas, bloating, nausea, ulcers and dissolving gallstones. 
Caution: If prone to acid reflux since peppermint can increase heartburn. 
Do not take pure peppermint oil internally it's very strong and can upset stomach.    


1. Digestive Problems
Peppermint is one of the best herbs for digestive problems and intestinal pain. Menthol and menthone are oils in peppermint that help to relax the muscles that line the intestinal tract relieving cramping. The natural antispasmodic properties of peppermint can help ease irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. 

For a quick pick-me-up hold a tissue with a few drops of peppermint oil on it under your nose and breathe deeply or take a bath with a few drops of peppermint oil added to bath water. 

3. Decongestant  
Drinking peppermint tea can help to relieve congestion. It's an effective decongestant that helps to reduce nasal inflammation. Peppermint may also help to reduce bronchial constriction and tightening of airways similar to what occurs during an asthma attack. 

4. Kill Viruses and Bacteria
Many essential oils help to kill certain viruses and bacteria. Add a few drops of peppermint oil into a cup of water and gargle to kill germs, bacteria and to freshen breath.   
5. Gas
Peppermint can help to relieve flatulence due to its digestive properties. 

Studies suggest peppermint may help to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones. 

7. Nausea
Peppermint has anesthetic properties that can reduce mild nausea. 

8. Headaches 
The menthol in peppermint has shown to be an effective painkiller. Dab a little diluted peppermint oil on temples to help relieve headache pain. 

9. Ulcers
Peppermint can help to relieve pain and heal ulcers. 

Relieves itching and discomfort from insect bites with peppermint oil. Oil has a cooling effect and also increases blood circulation which helps to promote healing. 

Peppermint tea can help to numb toothache pain. Add a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves into a cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and gargle with tea once cooled. Repeat as needed. 

11. Snoring 
Gargling with peppermint tea can help to shrink lining of nose and throat that contribute to snoring. Add a few drops of peppermint oil into a glass of cold water and gargle then spit out (Do not swallow.) 

Peppermint has astringent properties which are great for absorbing oil and toning skin. Fill a cup with boiling water then add one tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and use as facial cleanser once cooled. Store left over ingredients in the refrigerator between uses. 

Pamper your aching feet with a peppermint oil soak. Fill a basin with hot water then add a few drops of peppermint oil and soak for 10 minutes. Peppermint oil soaks reduce pain by increasing circulation. 

14. Sunburn Relief
Apply some peppermint oil onto sunburns to cool skin, relieve pain and to help promote healing. Make a peppermint tea or mix a few drops of peppermint oil into a cup of lukewarm water and use as a compress. 

15. Insomnia 
For a natural sleep aid drink a cup of peppermint tea. Properties in peppermint tea promote relaxation helping to relieve stress.

Many pain relief muscle rubs contain peppermint oil to help reduce pain and inflammation. 

17. Muscle Spasms 
Rub some peppermint oil onto affected area to relax muscles and cramping reducing discomfort. 

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