Herbal Remedies: The Power of Peppermint

peppermintIf there’s anything I love most about the spring, it’s the aromatherapy of walking by an herb garden. Whether it’s lemon balm, sage, rosemary, or mint, I can’t help but stop to smell or rub my fingers on an herb to bring out its fragrant scent.

The mint family is one of the most sweet-scented herbs that relaxes the body and awakens the senses.

According to GreenMedInfo, “Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dating back to 1,000 BC.”

Steeped in Greek Mythology the origins of mint are reflected in a myth of a Minthe, cursed by Persephone who was jealous of Minthe’s affections to her husband. While the curse could not be reversed, Minthe was imparted with a sweet scent. But these myths are not without basis in easing physical aches and pains.

How could this herb have lasted thousands of years in the traditional herbal medicine chest?

There are about 25 types of mint, and out of all of them, peppermint is one of my favorites because it addresses a wide variety of physical symptoms.

Herbal Benefits of Peppermint

  • Healing the Gut. Peppermint has been shown to ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gas, and bloating. In fact, one 2007 Italian study found that peppermint reduced IBS in 75% of patients.
  • Enhancing memory. Did you forget where you put your keys or does anxiety decrease your memory? Peppermint has been effective in boosting memory, focus, and cognitive function.
  • Relieve the cough. Peppermint has been an effective respiratory therapy, used as a decongestant for colds and coughs. Menthol clears nasal passages and airways, making it easier to breathe.
  • Relieving Headaches. Peppermint tea or oil may relieve stress or tension headaches.
  • All time stress reliever. Using peppermint in aromatherapy, in a bath or as a tea calms the body and mind.

While we think of peppermint most frequently over the holidays, but the spring, when mint is freshest is the time to grow and harvest peppermint leaves.

Are you interested to know how peppermint can be used for your physical symptoms? Contact The Botanical Coach to discover the proper use, dosage, and method for using peppermint!