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Mint is More Than Candy

Nov 29, 2015 09:32PM
by Laina Poulakos
During the holiday season, we all enjoy the great taste of peppermint in candy canes and hot cocoa. Next time you savor one of these treats take a moment to consider its history and health-promoting abilities.

Mint has been used for more than 3,000 years for its medicinal properties. It is very useful in all types of aliments. In a tea, it can be inhaled or even used on the skin for its healing effect. It is excellent at helping with stomach discomforts such as colic, nausea and diarrhea. It is also a stimulant and a calmative, a disinfectant and is used to calm nerves.

Peppermint can be used on the body to treat acne, when diluted with water, because of its astringent properties. Mint is useful in the treatment for bronchitis, due to its expectorant abilities. In this way, it can be used as a tea or inhaled through steam. Mint also is great for headaches. Simply rub peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil and put it on the temples and forehead. Even chewing peppermint gum can help alleviate pain.

Peppermint and other mints, such as spearmint, are always thought of as common, but there are many powerful and useful properties to mint. Think of mint as a useful herb, and start to use its powers daily, it’s not just for fresh breath (or candy canes!)

Laina Poulakos is founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for a private consultations about herbal medicine by calling 703-851-0087 or visiting


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