You can’t walk into a specialty coffee shop or chain without seeing a peppermint-flavored latte during the holidays. But you can just as easily make your own this winter season—albeit with far fewer calories and sugar. Add peppermint oil extract to your brew, but add sparingly; peppermint can be overbearing in high amounts. Native to Europe, peppermint is an herb crossed between water mint and spearmint.
You may not associate peppermint oil with health benefits, but it contains a bevy of vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A and C. If you’ve ever used peppermint oil to relieve sore muscles, you’ll know it has anti-inflammatory properties; this works internally, too. It can aid digestion, calm upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, and smooth muscles in your gastrointestinal tract (helpful if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.) Peppermint oil also has powerful antiseptic properties, so it can help fight bad breath and germs. It’s also been said to relieve stress, anxiety, stimulate mental activity, and clear your mind.
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