Not only does peppermint smell wonderful (the scent alone is a pick me up), taste fabulous, and remind us of the holidays – it also has tons of health benefits! People have used peppermint for its medicinal uses for many, many years now. The most common medicinal use for peppermint has been as a digestive aid; typically treating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some other ways peppermint has been known to help:
- Ease headaches and migraines
- Relieve muscle aches and pains
- Treat stomach discomfort (aka gas)
- Ease stomach cramps
- Ease nausea
- Mood enhancer
- Fight colds and congestion
- Topically treat rashes, hives, other skin irritations
How to use it? How you use peppermint depends on what you are using it for. If you are suffering from a headache or a migraine, cold or congestion, as well as stomach cramps, hot peppermint tea is a great option. Another option for headaches and migraines is to apply a small dab of organic, peppermint essential oil on your temples and massage it in using circular motions or just breathe in the smell of the oil. For muscle aches and pains as well as rashes and skin irritations, you can use a topical peppermint ointment or balm – just be sure to read the product directions prior to applying as some peppermint ointments are not meant to be applied to certain skin conditions.
You can find peppermint in tea form, ointments, essential oil, essential oil capsules, throat lozenges, or fresh leaves.
If you like hearing about the benefits of peppermint and other foods, you will love our Holiday Facebook group! I will host this 6-week, free of charge, wellness group starting November 23. We will focus on nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and giving. This group is not an intense fitness or dieting group. The purpose of this group is to enhance your holiday season by providing accountability and support in order to keep this season a healthy one. For more information and to sign-up, email: email@example.com
Start reaping the benefits of peppermint now! Our holiday specials are here and they’re fabulous! Learn more about our peppermint hot chocolate pedicure, peppermint massage, and peppermint mocha body polish here!
Notes: Peppermint should not be given to children under three years. Do not apply peppermint oil to the face of children under 5 years, as it may inhibit breathing. Do not use peppermint if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or if you have a hiatal hernia. (Johnson & Foster, Dog & Kiefer, 2014)
Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, David Kiefer, MD. (2014). Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants. National Geographic, 37, 170-173.
November’s Spotlight is on Ame Designer Director, Theresa Surprenant! HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Theresa!
About Theresa: I love doing colors and cuts that add the “WOW” factor to my guest’s style!
I have been in the hair industry for 38 years and with Ame for a total of 25 years. I worked for the salon in its original location in King of Prussia and have worked at this location since its start.
Favorite Hair Product: I absolutely love Redken Fashion Work. It adds great shine and the right amount of a workable hold. It’s a great product to use while blow-drying.
Best Kept Styling Secret: The Blow-dry set with a round brush and hair clips. This method adds body and movement without damaging the hair.
To schedule an appointment with Theresa, call Ame: 610-995-2631