As an herbal supplement, peppermint isn't always at the forefront of people's minds. With many benefits, it might be worth considering though, if you experience digestive discomfort, tension headaches or migraines, sinus congestion, or seasonal allergies. Let's see how peppermint is able to help with these, and a few other potential benefits of this awesome herb.
One of the most common uses for peppermint is because it may help reduce digestive discomforts such as gas and bloating. Studies testing peppermint oil's effectiveness in people with IBS, after 2 weeks of use, subjects reported significant symptom relief. It is believed this effect is due to peppermint oil relaxing the muscles in the digestive tract, reducing pain and discomfort.
Similar to how it can help relax muscles in the digestive system, peppermint oil acting as a muscle relaxer may help reduce tension headache symptoms. The menthol contained in peppermint oil provides a cooling effect, as well as helping to relax muscles. In a study of patients suffering from migraines, peppermint oil applied to the forehead significantly reduced pain after 2 hours.
Peppermint possesses antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help relieve sinus congestion. It has also been shown that menthol may improve the perceived airflow through your sinuses, so peppermint may assist in reducing the feeling of clogged sinuses.
Plants in the mint family, such as rosemary and peppermint, contain rosmarinic acid. This acid has been linked to reduced symptoms of allergic reactions such as runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and others associated with seasonal allergies.
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