Most of us could not imagine Christmas without candy canes and peppermint…You can even try our Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cookies recipe, if you are so inclined!
To extract its healing properties, the peppermint leaf, is seeped with oil to create peppermint the oil. We use the leaf to make a refreshing tea, oil to compliment our chocolate, and even to eradicate insects. It is aromatic, cooling, and heals us, as well.
During the holidays, it is difficult to keep our special needs children from foods loaded with sugar and dyes. Church and school parties, as well as shopping trips may not help, but peppermint is one way to soothe an upset digestive system for just such a reason as that!
Peppermint has a few other benefits
In general, it….
*Relaxes smooth muscles, namely those in your colon and stomach.
*Contains menthol, which comforts the bowls.
*Contains a phytonutrient which inhibits the growth of pancreatic, liver and mammary tumors.
*Protects from the formation of colon, skin and lung cancers.
*Opens airways, on a chemical level, in respiratory distress.
*Excellent source of manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
*According to some studies contains a significant amount of folate, iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B2.
However you use it,
Peppermint goes a long way in our food, in a tea, as a medicinal herb, a digestive aid, an insect repellant, or even just an air freshener. You can also add spearmint, which has very similar benefits and properties as peppermint.