Healthy Foods: 20 Health Benefits of Peppermint
Indian food is always peppered with peppermint leaves, as these leaves are not only healthy but are rich in nutrients. Here, Dr Amita Dhar, HOD and Chief Dietician, Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai shares with us the 20 uses and benefits of peppermint.
Aids digestion: Peppermint eases symptoms associated with indigestion in many cases.
Relieves painful gas: Peppermint is associated with digestive issues.
Relief for irritable bowel syndrome: Peppermint prevents heart burn and indigestion.
Cold, flu remedy: Peppermint kills bacteria and viruses.
Protection against cancer: Phytonutrient present in peppermint is known to stop cancerous tumor growths.
Dental caries/bad breath: Peppermint oil extract has been found to be superior in mouth wash and whitens the teeth. Hence a lot of toothpaste companies incorporate peppermint as their main ingredient.
Peppermint oil contains vitamin A and C, omega 3 fatty acids, and minerals, including pottassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.
Benefits the respiratory system: Inhaling peppermint oil through vaporizer, you will find your nasal congestion disappears.
Peppermint oil is good for skin and hair.
Peppermint leaves are used in the preparation of herbal tea, as a flavouring base in ice-creams and confectioneries.
Peppermint can be used as anti-dandruff agent.
Peppermint, if diluted and sprayed on clothes, will deter mosquitoes.
Peppermint can provide relief from arthritis and joint pains.
A drop of peppermint oil on a damp cloth over the eyes helps to overcome stress.
Peppermint is used to treat urinary tract infections.
Peppermint serves to energise the immune system to pevent diseases.
The cooling effect of peppermint can treat high fever.
Sinusitis, asthama, bronchitis, cold and cough can be treated with peppermint.
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