Candy Canes are More Than Just a Sweet Treat!

by on December 3rd, 2010 at 10:14 am

Did you know that the main ingredient in a favorite seasonal treat offers amazing health benefits as well? Especially during the holidays, when added stress can disrupt the nervous system—causing debilitating migraines or tension headaches, digestive upset, heartburn and more—welcome  peppermint into your life; it’s a natural healer!

Peppermint has been found to reduce sensitivity to pain and the extract has a relaxing effect on tight muscles in the head and neck, which often trigger tension headaches.

In a study performed in England, researchers asked headache-suffering patients to apply peppermint extract on their foreheads. Amazingly, 95 percent of users said they felt a soothing effect within two minutes! Not only that, but they also said they found it more convenient then conventional pain killers.

Studies have also repeatedly shown the capacity peppermint has to relieve symptoms of digestive complaints, such as nausea, indigestion, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms, which can also be aggravated by stress.

The healing capacity of peppermint even goes beyond nervous and digestive health. Peppermint oil has plentiful quantities of a phytonutrient called monoterpene, which in animal studies, has been shown to halt the growth of pancreatic, mammary, and liver tumors. Not only that, it has also been shown to protect against cancer formation in the colon, skin, and lungs.

With all these benefits, it’s a wonder we only enjoy this tasty treat during the holidays. Check out our handy sidebar to find ways to incorporate peppermint into your diet on a more regular basis!

Some ideas to incorporate peppermint into your daily diet include:

  • Drink a cup of fresh peppermint tea to soothe your stomach and your nerves.
  • Add chopped fresh mint leaves to your favorite vegetable dish
  • Add it to fruit salad
  • Add chopped mint leaves to soups that feature tomatoes- the freshness of the mint complements the sweet acidity of tomatoes. Tasty and healthy!

DigestAssistwith peppermint promotes healthy digestion and comfort after meals

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2 Responses to “Candy Canes are More Than Just a Sweet Treat!”

  1. PG

    Dec 9th, 2010

    When i was younger my dad always added a few drops of peppermint extract to hot water when I had a tummy ache… it always helped to settle my stomach.

    • A. Tarallo

      Dec 10th, 2010

      Ah, Thank you! My mom and grandma used to make peppermint tea for me as well, those memories are so sweet!

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