Peppermint: More Than a Tasty Candy!

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Sure, we all know that peppermint tastes great, but did you know that it has many health- supporting properties that can promote good mood and overall health? No wonder it’s been termed the world’s oldest medicine.

Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and Vitamin C.

The health benefits of peppermint oil include the following:

“¢ Minor Indigestion: Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal for its digestive-supporting properties. It is carminative and may ease minor, occasional gas.
“¢ Dental Care: Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It may help support healthy breath, teeth and gums.
“¢ Minor Nausea and Headache: Peppermint oil may be helpful for minor nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead may help ease minor headaches.
“¢ Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is believed to support good mood due to its refreshing nature. 
“¢ Hair Care: Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head and may help to relieve minor dry scalp.
“¢ Skin Care: Peppermint oil contains a cooling menthol, which may be beneficial to the skin. It is believed to nourish and improve occaisonally oily skin.