Mint has much more to offer than its distinctive scent and flavor. Found at many of our local farm stores, peppermint, one of hundreds of varieties of mint, may be especially healthy.
1. Feel Alert
Are you looking for a caffeine-free boost? Studies show that peppermint tea and aromatherapy can reduce daytime sleepiness and improve memory and concentration.
2. Add Heart-Healthy Zest
Fresh mint can awaken your taste buds with its sweet, cool flavor — without the heart risks of added salt or sugar. Toss it into smoothies, low-fat yogurt, salads, fruit cups, and dishes featuring beans or lamb, or add it to iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing drink.
3. Ease Gut-Related Symptoms
According to some research, capsules containing peppermint oil can offer short-term relief from gas, bloating, and abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome. When purchasing, make sure the label says they are “enteric-coated.” You can swallow these capsules whole.*
4. Soothe Pain
Gently rub peppermint oil on your forehead or temples to help relieve tension and migraine headaches. Taking capsules can also reduce menstrual cramps.*
5. Support Breastfeeding
Applying cream, gel, or water with peppermint oil after breastfeeding may help relieve nipple pain and skin cracking.* It is important, however, to wipe it off well before you start breastfeeding again.
*Talk with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements or skin treatments, especially if you take medications or are pregnant or breastfeeding.