The benefits of pepperiment

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Even though Christmas is over (I still have my decorations up as well as my tree) you still might have a few candy canes hanging around. Nowadays they come in many different colors and flavors. Personally I prefer the original red and white – peppermint flavored. Did you know the peppermint herb not only tastes good and tickles your taste buds, but peppermint has health benefits as well?

Tired feet? Try soaking your feet in warm water with a few drops of peppermint oil. Or, have someone massage your feet with peppermint lotion or gel. Very refreshing!  After a long day on your feet, these are nice ways to be pampered. Our feet go through a lot each and every day.  I guarantee that your feet will love you and be willing to walk another mile or two for you.

Have you developed a tension headache after a busy day at work that included a big presentation, many clients needing your help, and phones ringing off the hook? Or perhaps you have been at home and the children have been all over the place, loud, and leaving their toys all over waiting for you to pick them up? Did you know that rubbing peppermint oil on your forehead and temples can ease the headache? Try it. You will be surprised how well it works.

I would bet that during this holiday season you were running around doing all the holiday preparations and living in rush-rush mode, possibly even running low on sleep. With the extra stress and fatigue your immune system can poop out. When your immunity is down, the ability to fight off a cold (and other illnesses, for that matter) decreases, leaving you open to the stuffy nose, cough, sore throat symptoms of a cold. To unclog your nasal passages, put a few drops of peppermint oil into a pot of boiled water. Breathe in the steam from a safe distance and your clogged nose will be breathing better. Rub some on your chest and you will cough less.

Peppermint oil capsules can decrease pain and cramping from irritable bowel syndrome. Upset stomach after eating? Has the food you’ve eaten begun attacking your  stomach? Peppermint can soothe the pain.

PS – If you are headed out for a date and want to make a good impression, and not turn your date off with fetid breath, use some peppermint oil and your breath will be kissably fresh.

At Sugar and Spice Designs we use peppermint oil in our soaps and bath salts. Treat yourself and try some of our peppermint bath delights. Peppermint can be very invigorating. Try these tips the next time unwanted symptoms strike. You’ll be glad that Mother Nature came to the rescue.

Hoping this New Year is a safe, healthy, and happy one for you and yours.

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