Published: Wed, 08/19/15

Herbal Legacy 
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August 19, 2015

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Jo Francks, M.H. 

When thinking of herbal tea one of the first thoughts that comes to mind might be peppermint.  Peppermint has been used over time for many different ailments. It is a very diverse herbal treatment. It is most often used as a digestive agent to help relieve gas and bloating and to help with nausea.

Our family has used peppermint in many different ways over the years. We would make a tea for sore throats and for headaches. The menthol in peppermint has anesthetic properties, which make it useful for easing sore throats. It also binds with the cold receptors in the skin, mouth and throat which make them extra sensitive. This causes a cooling sensation when applied to the skin, inhaled or eaten.

Peppermint also has antispasmodic properties and can help muscles relax and reduce cramping and spasms in the stomach. One of Dr. Christopher’s uses for peppermint was to give a cup of the tea to an asthma patient before administering lobelia as an emetic. The peppermint tea would alleviate the discomfort of continual vomiting.

A popular use of peppermint is to combine it with equal parts of elder flowers, make it into a tea, drink it hot and then go to bed and keep warm. This remedy induces perspiration which will break a fever.

Peppermint is a very nice stimulant as well as a nervine. It has been used through the years for sinus infections, colds and the flu.  It is also a common ingredient in candy, toothpaste, mouth wash and chewing gum.

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch Practitioner.

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Creamy Mint & Cacao Chip Freeze

2/3 cup raw cashews 
6 medjool dates
1 Tbsp. raw agave
1 1/2 tsp organic peppermint flavoring
Handful baby spinach
ice cubes (to fill a 64 oz. blender container to the top)
cacao nibs
Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs into Vita-mix blender. Blend on high setting while using tamper to vigorously press ingredients into the blades until smooth. Top with as many cacao nibs as you prefer. Enjoy this freeze immediately. A printable version of 5 Fabulous Freezes is available for free download.

Recipe by Addison Kirk

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