For many, the smell of peppermint conjures up up fond memories of childhood.
A minty candy cane at Christmas… a cool peppermint milkshake on a hot summer day… there’s just something absolutely refreshing about the taste of peppermint.
Lucky for all of us, peppermint is far more than just a tasty flavor.
As it turns out, peppermint is packed with health-boosting compounds that can help alleviate some of today’s most pressing health concerns.
You may have heard about peppermint being used to ease headaches.
Studies show peppermint oil applied to the forehead can be as potent as traditional remedies to ease headache pain.
Peppermint tea can also help you sleep due to its ability to relax your muscles.
Plus, it’s naturally caffeine-free, so it won’t keep you awake all night long.
But my favorite use for peppermint is to aid digestive upset. Particularly gas and bloating.
Peppermint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times. In fact, dried peppermint leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 BC.
And, the ancient Greeks and Romans used the herb as a stomach soother.
More recently, multiple studies have shown peppermint to be a powerful aid in relieving digestive symptoms.
Heck, even the Mayo Clinic, which hardly ever recommends alternative remedies, had peppermint in their latest book as a go-to remedy for gas and bloating.
How does it work?
Simple. Peppermint helps your liver make more bile.
And that’s important because if you don’t have enough bile (which most people don’t), then your food – especially fats – won’t get fully digested.
This undigested food festers and clumps together, triggering gas, bloating, diarrhea and other foul reactions.
But the active plant compounds in peppermint can calm the muscles of the stomach, which, in turn, improves the flow of bile.
Better bile flow means better digestion. And less gas and bloating.
Whenever I’ve overindulged and am feeling a bit stuffed up, I make myself a cup of peppermint tea.
It not only tastes great, but also helps calm my stomach and relieve my GI upset.
In fact, that’s why peppermint is one of the main ingredients I use in my breakthrough formula Digestive Freedom Plus.
Give it a try the next time you’re feeling gassy or uncomfortable after a large meal.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance