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3 Uses for Peppermint: Upset Stomach, Stuffy Head, Aching Feet

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With just peppermint and hot water, make a hot tea/foot soak/steam inhalation to relieve an upset stomach, aching feet, and/or stuffy head and congestion. See how!

Among many health benefits, peppermint helps digestion and relieve bloating. It’s also long been used to clear congestion, cool overworked muscles, and relieves stress. Peppermint has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppermint Healing Recipe:

  • 2 Quarts of Water
  • 1/2 cup of dried peppermint leaves (your own leaves or tea leaves)

Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add peppermint leaves and cover. Remove pot from burner. Let sit and infuse for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how strong would like the infusion. Now you have 3 healing remedies to choose from (or, do them all)!

How to Use Peppermint Recipe:

  1. Peppermint Steam Inhalation for colds, stuffy heads, coughs, and congestion: Pour boiling peppermint water into a metal or glass bowl. Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10 to 12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam. 
  2. Peppermint Tea for digestion: Mint leaves have a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension). Pour yourself a peppermint tea to calm a queasy or upset stomach.
  3. Peppermint Foot Soak for tired, aching feet: Peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, so it both relieves inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps. Pour hot peppermint water in to a small tub to soak sore, swollen, and overworked feet!

Thank you so much to Patty Sanders, certified herbalist and professional nutritionist for Purdue University Extension. We hope you find this relaxing, healing, and helpful!

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Chris (not verified)

2 months 3 weeks ago

I put peppermint oil in my mop water to keep spiders and other insects out.