Thursday, February 5, 2009

Herbs 101: Peppermint

Ahh Peppermint!
I love to keep peppermint around mainly because it covers the bitter taste of some of the teas that I use. But peppermint tea alone, is a great treat!
One of my children who won't drink herb teas will always drink a cup of peppermint tea, anytime! And yes, he will even ask for it!
Peppermint has long been used to soothe tummy troubles. Old-timers used to make mild teas for colicky babies. It helps with indigestion and bloating. That's likely why lots of antacids use peppermint to flavor their medicines! It's also good for nausea.
It is said that it can also help to reduce fever.
And it is high in several nutrients according to The Bulk Herb Store's notes on it.
Some places say that it will even cure a headache!
And you thought peppermints after a meal were just to freshen your breath! ;-)
**Some say it's a good sub for coffee because it is a stimulant.**
(I say it's stimulating, but it's not caffeine!;-)

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