Friday, December 7, 2012

31 Days of 'Elf Care, Tip #7: Peppermint is an 'Elf Care Staple

Peppermint is a popular ingredient and fragrance during the holiday season.   But did you know that it is a potent plant which boasts a multitude of beneficial properties that can keep YOU healthy and happy?

Regular consumption - a daily cup of peppermint tea (not candy canes, sorry!) has been shown to provide the following benefits:
  • Promotes digestion (helps alleviate that awful feeling of overindulgence!)
  • Relieves constipation and diarrhea
  • Soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Reduces heartburn
  • Induces relaxation
  • Controls mild asthma
  • Calms menstrual cramps
  • Alleviates muscle pain and stiffness 
  • Fights insomnia
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Antifungal
  • Relieves skin rashes
  • Relieves migraines
  • Boosts mental power
  • Controls herpes simplex
  • Reduces morning sickness
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Controls bad breath
  • Improves mental sharpness
  • Increases physical endurance

Seek out high quality tea.   I am a big fan of the Traditional Medicinals Organic brand you can find this at health food stores and some of your better grocery stores  - Any good quality, non-gmo brand will do though!

For more information on the properties of Peppermint that make it so beneficial, I recommend this link:
Take Good Care 
Self Care Girl
Holiday 'Elf Care Specialist

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