Peppermint, also known as garden mint, is a plant commonly found in Europe and certain temperate places in Asia. The leaves of this plant are characterized by their cool scent that soothes the senses. In the Philippines and other parts of Asia, spearmint leaf is used to treat nasal congestion and coughs. The locals make use of its medicinal properties by boiling it in water or by crushing the leaves using mortar and pestle to get the oils.

If you’ve been feeling numb lately, smoking mixtures using spearmint leaves is what you need. Because of its refreshing taste, spearmint is recommended for those who want to quit smoking. At the same time, it also has the ability to improve breathing, making it particularly useful for those who have weak lungs.

Some benefits and effects of Peppermint:

  • Improves blood circulation in the body
  • Relaxes the nerves
  • Promotes alertness
  • Reduces frustration, anxiety and fatigue
  • Helps with colds and improves nasal breathing
  • Reduces pain when breastfeeding
  • Helps with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome

Consult your doctor before planning to cure a serious condition and also if you are taking medication such as anti-depression pills.