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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Stomach upsets and headaches? Try peppermint...
Peppermint is more than just for flavoring food. It can do more- it helps relieve headaches and stomach upsets.
Peppermint has high menthol content and is a popular flavoring agent for toothpaste, candies, and tea. It is a calming agent that helps in soothing an upset stomach, and because it has numbing and calming effects, it is used to treat headaches, skin irritation, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps and flatulence. Its soothing aroma can counter the symptoms of the common cold. Peppermint is said to have a positive effect on patients with depression.
According to studies, peppermint extract is much more effective than conventional pis and aspirins in relieving headaches. Peppermint can also be used to prevent skin diseases, urinary tract infections, and herpes. It can relieve asthma when taken as tea.
Peppermint.www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/peppermint-000269.htm Jenny Hope,Peppermint'beats pills for soothing a headache'.www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/health-main.html?in_article_id=383116&in_page_id=1774 Peppermint:Good for you and delicious in tea.www.compleatmother.com/womens-health/herbs/peppermint.shtml Bato Balani.ISSN 0117-7052 VOL. 28 NO.3 SY 2008-2009