Many are used to add flavor candy, flavored tea, Flavor toothpaste and mouthwash, it turns out peppermint also has efficacy to help overcome the problem of indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, cough and headache. The study mentions that peppermint is antibacterial and antiviral.
Other plants such as mint, peppermint also has leaves with jagged shapes around the edges. Peppermint that we encounter today is the result of a cross between watermint and spearmint.
For decades, peppermint is used as a traditional medicine to treat digestive problems, nausea, cholera, colds, cramps and bloating.
In the 19th century, crushed peppermint leaves applied to the patient's chest usual whooping cough. In society at that time, this could relieve the suffering caused by whooping cough. You can also try to take advantage of peppermint for various purposes, such as the following:
1. Helps digestive problems
Enjoy a cup of hot tea or a peppermint flavor peppermint leaves boiled along with your dishes. To make peppermint tea: fill dried peppermint leaves in boiling water, let stand for 10 minutes, strain and enjoy.
2. Relieve irritable bowel syndrome
Consumption of one or two capsules of peppermint as much as two to three times a day. Or should also drink peppermint tea in the morning and afternoon, each of massing as much as one cup.
3. Relieves headache
Rub a few drops of peppermint oil to 10 percent that has been mixed with 90 percent alcohol. A study in 1996 by researchers from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, proving that peppermint can relieve dizziness 15 minutes after the oil applied to the forehead, also distanced headache for one hour (after applying peppermint oil to the forehead).
4. Relieve cough and flu
Drinking cough and cold medicines containing the recommended peppermint and peppermint tea consumption of as much as two to three times a day. Peppermint stimulates the nerves in the nose and upper respiratory tract so that it becomes easier.
Do not practice therapy to infants and toddlers peppermint or peppermint oil applying to their faces because they feared could lead to difficult breathing.
5. Relieves stomach ache
The essential oils in peppermint, especially menthol and menthone, has properties 'friendly to the stomach'.
Studies conducted by SmithKline Beecham in 1983 and 1991 proved that peppermint can make the smooth muscle lining of your digestive tract becomes relaxed. As a result, abdominal cramps subsided.
6. Coping with irritable bowel syndrome
Peppermint can help ease the pain of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a 2007 study at the University of Chieti and Pescara in Italy, the 57 volunteers who suffer from IBS.
The study found that the consumption of peppermint oil capsules twice a day each as much as two capsules, for four weeks, can reduce discomfort caused by IBS by up to 50 percent.