Peppermint for Coughs and Colds
Updated: May 15, 2019
For Centuries, peppermint has been known for its benefits as a digestive tonic as well as a refreshing beverage.
But did you know that it is a brilliant herb to use during the winter months?
With so many coughs and colds around at the moment it is the perfect choice. Peppermint is a potent antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic herb making it excellent for all respiratory infections. It is also known for its decongestant properties which is due to its active ingredient, Menthol, which has a powerful anti-spasmodic effect providing relief for coughs. Due to this muscle-relaxing ability, peppermint oil can be a therapeutic headache remedy when used on the back of the neck and temples.
Use 2 drops of the peppermint essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil such as almond, macadamia, coconut or olive oil and rub it into the feet, chest and back. It can be diluted further when using on children and infants as their skin is more sensitive. Not only will it soothe a reactive cough, it will open and clear airways and sinuses to assist with breathing.
Used as a tea, peppermint can help to increase focus, reduce stress and helps to soothe aches and pains that often associated with colds and flus.