When all is said and done, our bodies are all we’ve got, so it’s important to care ourselves if we intend to keep them going into healthy old age. To ensure that happens, we have to identify the mistakes we make when choosing something that has no nutritional value and find a healthy alternative. Often these mistakes are very tempting; candies and sugary delectables are often packed with more processed chemicals than the wrappers they come in.
Can’t we have sweetness in our life that isn’t trying to hurt us?
Well, once again nature has come to the rescue and has a delightful option.
Peppermint. Peppermint oil to be exact.
But first things first, let us get acquainted with the wonderful herb.
Peppermint oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant or Mentha pipertita, a hybrid of the water, mint and spearmint plants. The essential oil is often used as a home remedy for stomach problems, muscle pain, and headaches. Aside from being available in its oil form, peppermint oil can be found in supplemental capsule form. Peppermint is most well known for its amazing aroma and taste, a feature that makes it widely popular in a countless amount of products, and for its remarkable nutritional benefits and alternate uses for everyday remedies.
Peppermint is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Peppermint contains an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid, which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms.
Peppermint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus. Mint can also be effective, especially when combined with tea for relieving sore throats.
Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to improve the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion.
Peppermint oil has also been found to be an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from abdominal pain or discomfort associated with IBS. When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling skin affected by insect bites, rash or other reactions.
So, for a healthy and health-giving alternative to those evil tempting sweets, choose peppermint. But make sure it’s pure with the minimum of processing.