Peppermint Powder – Usage & Health Benefits
Peppermint Powder is derived from the dried leaves of a hybrid mint plant, which is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It is know for its appealing taste and soothing medicinal properties. Learn more about the uses and benefits of this amazing spice powder in the sections that follow.
Uses of Peppermint Powder
Peppermint powder contains volatile oils that contain menthnol, menthone, and other menthyl esters. These compounds are responsible for the widespread use of peppermint tin different industries
- It is used to flavor mint flavored confectionary
- It is used to in shampoos and soaps to impart a minty scent and cooling sensation to skin
- It is used to flavor food, tea, etc.
- It is used as a herbal remedy
- It is the source of peppermint oil that is used in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industry
Health benefits of Peppermint Powder
In ancient times peppermint leaves were used to cure stomach ailments, since then peppermint powder has been credited with many health benefits. It is a spasmolytic, carminative, choleretic, diaphoretic, aromatic, nervine, antemetic, peripheral vasodilator with a paradoxical cooling effect. It can be used locally as an antiseptic, antiparasitic, analgesic, and antipruritic agent. The herb is also a rich source of fibre, vitamins (A, C, and folate) and minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium.
- Improves the digestion – cures diarrhea, colic, flatulence, indigestion, vomiting, acidity, heartburn
- Improves intestines – helps improve irritable bowel syndrome, hookworm infestation, relieves colonic spasm
- Stimulates bile flow
- Reduces discomfort associated with hiatus hernia
- Relieves nausea, motion sickness, headaches, and migraines
- Improves respiratory systems – cures congestion, cold, and flu
- Treats fungal infections like athlete’s foot, candidiasis, etc.
- Helps with dysmenorrhoea
- Phytochemicals present reduce risk of cancer and kill cancer cells
If this list of health benefits impresses you, read more about Peppermint Oil Benefits in our article.
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