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Featured Herb: Peppermint


Probably everyone is familiar with the zesty, fresh taste of Peppermint (Mentha Piperita). It is so widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash that we hardly feel hygienic without it. Its uses go far beyond fresh breath however – such as its relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive system. 

According to Dr. Marisa Marciano, Peppermint "is one of the best carminatives available, having a relaxing effect on visceral muscles and relieving intestinal colic and flatulence. The volatile oil acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall which help with feelings of nausea during travel or pregnancy. Essential oil be used topically for rheumatism, sprains & strains."  Read more: The Naturopathic Herbalist
 

Peppermint Preparations

  • Simple Peppermint tea helps with digestion after a meal.
     
  • Make a tincture with Peppermint and Spearmint for a refreshing mouthwash. Sweetener can be added if desired. 
     
  • A glycerite of Peppermint and Ginger can be taken by the spoonful to ease tummy upsets.

For more information on how to make these simple home remedies, download my free PDF: 40 Simple Preparations to Make at Home

Or buy a jar of Organic Dried Peppermint ($8 AUD) here.

Note that Spearmint is also delicious and helpful for digestion, but is a gentler option. I like to use Spearmint for kids since it isn't as strong. 


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