PEPPERMINTMost people are familiar with peppermint (Mentha x piperita) due to its ubiquitous presence as a flavoring in candy canes, breath mints, toothpastes and the like. But herbalists have been using peppermint for hundreds of years for its ability to soothe the belly and alleviate mild digestive discomforts.* Closely related to spearmint—peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint—peppermint gained official status in the London Pharmacopoeia by 1721, and quickly came to be the mint of choice when it came to alleviating digestive issues.*
To really experience both the taste and benefits of peppermint, we suggest a simple cup of peppermint tea, with peppermint rich in essential oil, which gives mint its characteristic taste. The essential oil should be so noticeable that you can feel a tingling sensation in your nose when you breathe the aroma of the dried herb.
Not only is peppermint aromatic and refreshing, it’s extremely useful to have on hand for minor digestive upsets or those moments when you need something soothing and brisk at the same time.*