Easy to grow, easy to incorporate into your diet, plenty of benefits:
We grow lots of peppermint in our garden during the summer. It is easily maintained and grows like a weed, and once the colder month approach, you can dry it and continue using it during the winter months.
Aside from its use as a popular flavoring, peppermint is also used to soothe an upset stomach and to aid digestion. Given its calming and numbing effect it is often used to treat headaches, skin irritation, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, flatulence and anxiety associates with depression.
According to the University of Maryland (UMM), in test tubes peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungi and viruses, thereby suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. According to UMM, various studies support the use of peppermint for, amongst others:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Itching & Skin Irritation - when applied topically
- Tension Headache
- Colds and Flu
The main ingredients in peppermint, menthol and methyl salicylate, have antispasmodic effects and as such calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract, though formal health claims are not allowed to be made at present given limited depth of research.
There are a variety of ways to include peppermint in your diet:
- Make your own fresh mint tea (can be combined w. ginger or lemon)
- Incorporate in salads (try feta/watermelon/mint salads in the summer, or orange/duck/peppermint in the winter)
- Use in smoothies (try apple/cucumber/mint or watermelon/cucumber/mint),...
- ... or as an interesting pesto/sauce accompanying a variety of dishes
The amount of peppermint you will be able to consume through your diet may not be sufficient depending on your condition. BioCare Peppermint Complex combines Peppermint with other plant oils (ginger, fennel, chamomile and cardamom) for an optimum effect on the health and motility of the digestive system.