Peppermint has strong aromatherapy effect to soothe your mind and strong antioxidant to clear your stomach ache away.
Peppermint Can Ease Your Digestion and Stomach Ache
Peppermint has the aromatherapy effect, because it’s very aromatic. You can crush the leaf in your fingers and inhale it, and feel better in an instant.
Break it up and breathe it in and you get that “aaaahhhhhhhhhh” feeling. Like you just came back from taking a shower, or a walk on a spring day. It takes you someplace else…
You can use peppermint leaves to make Caipirinha (kie-purr-REEN-yah), a better mint-flavored drink and Pisco.
You can take a piece of peppermint when you have a belly ache, gastritis, reflux or indigestion, put it in the back of your mouth on your molars, bite into it and just let it sit there...
...breathe in, and by the time you exhale your stomach ache will be gone.
And if you take it, not only will your stomach problems go away very quickly, but also it has a mental effect. It tends to be calming and somehow clarifying. You get a mental focus.
It’s the reason we developed mint as an after-dinner candy. Because it was originally made from real peppermint to help you avoid indigestion and feel better after eating.
Healers also use peppermint to treat headaches, skin irritations, nausea, diarrhea, and cramps. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs.
Studies show that peppermint has strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and kills some types of bacteria and viruses.
To treat stomach aches, it’s always best to use fresh peppermint. You can just chew a leaf, or make peppermint tea.
For irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, you can take enteric-coated capsules of peppermint oil. It’s completely safe. The coating stops the oil from getting digested too early. One study gave either the capsules or a placebo to people with IBS. Of the people who took peppermint, 75% had a significant reduction of IBS symptoms.
Another study compared enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules to placebo in children with IBS. It found that in only 2 weeks, 75% had reduced symptoms.
To cure headaches, you can spread a tincture of peppermint on your forehead and let it evaporate.
Making peppermint tea is simple:
Step 1): Steep 1 teaspoon of crushed peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes;
Step 2): Strain and cool;
Step 3): Drink four to five times per day between meals.
How to make a Caipirinha:
1. Take a clean lime and roll it a little on a wooden board to loosen the juices;
2. Chop the lime into pieces;
3. Sprinkle a little sugar on the pulp side;
4. In a bowl, press the pieces with a wooden tool just enough to release the juice;
5. Take the lime out, leaving the juice;
6. Pour into a glass, adding sugar, cachaça ice and a splash of water;
7. Break up two fresh peppermint leaves; add to caipirinha; enjoy!
How to make a Pisco freeze:
1. Take an egg and separate the white from the yolk;
2. Cut one lemon and one lime in half;
3. Squeeze the lemon and lime over the egg white and mix vigorously;
4. Mix in one teaspoon of sugar;
5. Pour Pisco and mix over ice;
6. Break up one peppermint leaf and add to the container;
7. Shake hard until the ice is melted and pour into a cocktail glass;
8. Alternatively, you could crush the ice and make it like a slush.
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