Peppermint’s uplifting aroma wafting up from a hot cup of tea can start to settle an upset stomach even before you drink it. Peppermint’s antispasmodic effect calms nausea and helps prevent gas and bloating after a heavy meal. Peppermint is often combined with caraway to help indigestion. Those with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, can find relief with enteric coated capsules of peppermint.

DSCN5160fPeppermint is a first herb of choice for treatment of colds and flu because it acts to relieve multiple symptoms at once: congestion, headaches and muscle aches, nausea and fever. You can drink a hot cup of peppermint tea from dried leaves, or diffuse the essential oil in the sick room to ease the breath and kill germs, and use the oil mixed in a carrier oil in chest and throat massages. Peppermint also makes a good additive for a foot bath.


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