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Posted by Colleen McKie Categories: Advice, Health,

peppermint
Mint is one of my favorite scents in the world.  I quite often have a peppermint candle burning and most of my beauty products have some form of mint in them.  There is nothing quite like starting the day off with a hot shower, apple spearmint shampoo and lavender peppermint body wash.  It helps wake me up and gets my creative juices flowing.

I have also recently discovered the joy of peppermint tea. I find it’s a great mid morning perk me up without the negative effects of a caffeine headache. 

While some of the enjoyment that I get from peppermint is based on the fact that I genuinely love the scent, there is more to it than that.  Peppermint has long been a staple of aromatherapy, helping with a number of ailments and both mental and physical problems.

All snuffled up
Vicks is great, isn’t it?  Nothing helps a stuffed up head like a whiff of menthol.  A few years ago I discovered that by adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to an oil burner and sitting next to it I can get the same relief, but without all the stickiness of Vicks Vapor Rub.  Putting a drop or two of the oil into a dehumidifier at night works wonders, too.  Even brewing a cup of herbed peppermint tea can help unclog your sinuses and make breathing a whole heck of a lot easier.
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Rumbly tummy
I don’t get nauseous a whole lot, but when I do I want one thing and one thing only: my peppermint tea.  Peppermint, whether consumed in a beverage, inhaled or applied topically can work wonders on your digestive system.  It can help keep nausea at bay and also help with gas and bloating.  Sipping tea or rubbing some essence oil on your belly can instantly make you feel better. And having a peppermint candle burning can help keep the nausea away.

Heads, finger, lips and heels
Ever wonder why almost all foot creams contain peppermint?  Well, there are two reasons.  The first is that peppermint acts as a cooling agent of sorts and is great for sore muscles and spasms.  So applying it to sore feet after a long day helps to work out the tension and achiness.  The second reason is that, contrary to popular belief, peppermint is a moisturizing agent.  It helps to stimulate the skin’s natural production of oil.  Your peppermint lip balm makes more sense now, doesn’t it?  And, thankfully, peppermint tastes great.

Above all, think
Regardless of why you are using peppermint, there is one other, very important benefit: energy.  Peppermint is a stimulant; therefore it is energizing in nature and promotes mental clarity.  And God knows we could all use some of that.


So the next time you are sick with a cold, the flu or are just felling blah in general, light a peppermint candle, grab a cup of mint tea and slap on some lip balm.  Trust me, you’ll feel better in no time.


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Recipe: Tzaziki

tzaziki

I can’t even come up with words to properly convey my feelings for tzaziki. Cool, creamy, and fantastic with everything from vegetables to steak. It’s incredibly easy to make, and incredibly easy to customize to your own taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (this can be regular yogurt or Greek yogurt, fat free or as fatty as you’d like, as long as it’s plain)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 or 2 pinches of salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic or 1 tablespoon of pre-minced garlic from a jar

 

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