8 Health Benefits of Peppermint

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8 Health Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint doesn't just improve bad breath. Read on to learn all of its health benefits.

Prevent Stomach Aches

Several studies have found that peppermint can help to ease stomach troubles like irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and more. The menthol in peppermint could be the reason that the herb helps to relax muscles.

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Cold and Flu Remedy

Peppermint could help to kill bacteria and viruses, according to several studies. The herb can also soothe an aching body and even help to break up phlegm and prevent congestion.

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Cancer Prevention

Peppermint has even been shown to slow the growth of tumors and even protect against the formation of cancer in several studies.

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Skin Remedy

The herb can also help to resolve several skin issues. It can be used in treatments for hives, poison ivy and poison oak.

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Easier Breathing

Peppermint can also help you to breathe easier. It might even help to relieve some symptoms of asthma.

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Help Memory

One study found that peppermint could increase alertness and enhance memory in human subjects.

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Improves Bad Breath

Unsurprisingly, the refreshing smell and taste of peppermint has been used to prevent bad breath for ages!

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Peppermint is available all year round, but always manages to garner lots of attention during the winter months, adding a splash of cool minty flavor to tons of holiday dishes and sweets. While it's a festive scent and flavor, peppermint has actually been used medicinally for thousands of years. In addition to improving bad breath, peppermint can help to clear nasal passages and even soothe an upset stomach.

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