One of most easily identifiable herbs in the vegetable patch has to be peppermint. The scent can be an incredibly strong one and very familiar one, and the herb is used to great effect in all sorts of delicious dishes and cuisines from around the world.
The herb goes perfectly with lamb and poultry, and you’ll often see it appearing in Middle Eastern and Greek food, everything from main courses to salads and sauces.
But it’s not just delicious to eat - it’s also very good for your health, which is exactly why we feature it in our ingredients list for our detoxifying beverage de-liver-ance!
But what exactly are the health benefits of peppermint and how can you start incorporating it more into your lifestyle, aside from drinking our delicious elixir, of course.
It’s possible that peppermint can help ease digestive complaints, for starters, so if you are struggling with bloating or indigestion, it might be worth trying to see if it helps. And it can also serve as a form of pain relief so if you’re keen to stay away from medication at the moment, you may find peppermint particularly useful.
We’re in the depths of winter right now (although spring is just around the corner), so some of you may be suffering more than usual with the likes of blocked sinuses and colds… but peppermint can help with this, as well. It really is the powerhouse of herbs, don’t you agree?
If you’re feeling especially bunged up and miserable, why don’t you make yourself a bowl of peppermint tea and breathe in the vapour as it rises? You might be surprised at how effective this is at clearing your sinuses. Up the ante by placing a towel over your head to create a bit of a steam room over the bowl. You’ll feel better in no time!
And for those of you struggling with insomnia at the moment, peppermint could be the solution you’ve been looking for, as it can really help relax you before bedtime. Give it a go and see what you think.
You can also use peppermint oil to great effect and lots of people use it in aromatherapy as an essential oil. Or what about diluting some of the concentrated extract with some carrier oil and applying it directly to your skin as a bit of a treat? If you’ve got itchy skin, you may well find that it solves the problem.
Don’t forget to hit the kitchen, either, however as mint really is delicious in all sorts of recipes. Check out some of these ideas and see what you can come up with this weekend. There’s even a recipe for mint cake with milk chocolate and lime, which we think sounds rather interesting!