Had you ever think where are the cold and minty feelings came from every time you chew your gums, use toothpastes, drink your teas and take your candies? It’s due to peppermint.
Peppermint is extensively used as flavoring in teas, jellies, soups, confectioneries, candies, juleps, and iced drinks. It is also use to flavor toothpastes, mouthwashes, perfumes, cigarettes, liquors, and other pharmaceutical preparations.
Peppermint has a calming and numbing effect, that is why it is been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an important ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold.
Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants, because menthol thins mucus. It is also a good expectorant – it helps loosen and breaks up coughs with phlegm. It soothes and calms sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.
In addition, experts say that peppermint contains antibacterial and antiviral properties that can kill some types of bacteria and viruses.