What is Peppermint?

Peppermint, known scientifically as Menthpiperita, is a plant that is famous for the flavor it imparts to products such as gum, tea, chocolate, and toothpaste. Most people, however, are unaware of the many benefits to health it provides. It has a calming and numbing nature which makes it useful for conditions such as headaches, upset stomach, skin irritation, nausea, menstrual cramps, and anxiety. It is also a key ingredient in chest rubs that are used to provide symptomatic relief from cold and flu.

The main active components of peppermint are menthol and methyl salicylate. They have antispasmodic properties that provide relief from problems of the gastrointestinal system. In vitro they have also shown anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral characteristics.

Benefits of Peppermint

By : Natural Health News

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