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What are the health benefits of Peppermint?

Peppermint (also known as Pudina in Hindi) is a herb with strong taste and fragrance. Its botanical name is Minta Spacata. Peppermint is a herb which is available throughout the year. Peppermint is usually used in summers because of the cooling effect it has. It is a perennial plant which is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Peppermint is full of benefits and can be used almost daily to keep yourself healthy. Peppermint is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B2. Other components of peppermint also include menthol.
The various benefits due to which peppermint is used widely are covered in this article. Many problems related to the respiratory system are treated using peppermint. The content of menthol present in peppermint is very useful in clearing the respiratory tract. This provides instant relief from respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, cold, sinusitis, nasal congestion, and cough. Peppermint has properties of expectorant, antiviral, astringent, and decongestant. Due to this, it is effective in treating sore throats and also the above mentioned respiratory problems. Intake of peppermint along with tea or application of peppermint oil on chest can help provide relief in chest congestions.
Digestive and other stomach problems like cramps in the stomach can be relieved by the intake of peppermint tea or peppermint along with hot water. Due to its strong fragrance it can also be taken as a breath freshener. Pains caused due to hemorrhoids can be relieved with the help of peppermint oil. Peppermint is used widely for skin care. The menthol present in peppermint is beneficial for the skin and makes your skin look less oily as well as it provides nourishment to your skin preventing it from looking dull. Apart from this peppermint is highly beneficial for those with acne prone skin. The PH levels of the skin are balanced by peppermint which in turn reduces the secretion of excessive oil.
Peppermint oil acts as an anti-microbial oil. This helps in slowing down the growth of fungus and bacteria like Helicobacter pylori, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enteritidis. Peppermint is also a good medicine to treat the problem of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint relaxes the muscles and reduces the chances of indigestion. Peppermint oil is used for relieving pains and also brings down the fever. People can take care of their hair with the help of peppermint. Dandruff can be stopped by the usage of peppermint. This is due to the cooling effect of peppermint. Peppermint is a very good medicine for preventing the growth of cancerous cells. A compound called Perillyl alcohol is found in peppermint which can kill the cancerous cells and prevent their formation and also prevent tumors. Another component named Rosmarinic acid found in peppermint helps prevent the cell damage.
Many people, especially athletes suffer from a problem called athletes foot. This is a skin infection caused by formation of fungus in the foot. Athletes foot can be quickly treated using peppermint. In case you don’t want ants to enter your house, then you can grow peppermint plants around your house. The strong fragrance of peppermint prevents ants to come near it. Females suffering from menstrual problems like cramps during periods can use peppermint to reduce the pain. This is because peppermint relaxes the muscles that get constricted. This is the reason why many doctors ask females to drink 2 to 3 cups of peppermint tea during the menstrual cycle.
Peppermint is considered one of the most nutritious and healthy herbs. Adding it to your diet will surely help you overcome many health problems.

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