12. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition in which the bowels are, well… irritable. Inflammation, pain, and gas are common symptoms, and usually, the condition(s) that contribute to IBS are chronic in nature, so while there are treatments, there is no real cure. However, in speaking of treatments, peppermint may be able to help. According to some early research, peppermint potentially effects some of the symptoms that are commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome, particularly nausea and vomiting. It may also cause some measure of pain relief due to soothing the smooth muscle that makes up much of the digestive tract.

11. Fresher Breath

Fresher Breath

This is another obvious one, though it is also a little more involved than you might think. Peppermint can contribute to fresher breath, at least in the short term. This, of course, would explain the prevalence of mint flavored gum (and the fact that mints are called… well, mints). While fresher breath can certainly help keep date night rolling, there may be more substantial benefits for the mouth when it comes to peppermint. There is some evidence for this, based on studies conducted among populations with significant levels of bad breath (halitosis).

1o. Digestive Aid

Digestive Aid

Related: 9 Common Digestive Problems

As mentioned briefly earlier, peppermint oil may be useful as a digestive aid. This is due to its ability spur the secretion of bile, which helps to digest food more efficiently with less discomfort. Furthermore, peppermint oil may play a role in calming down the smooth muscle involved in the digestive system, curbing spasms, pain, bloating, gas, and other discomforts. Drinking peppermint tea can provide these benefits; however, there is also some evidence to suggest that peppermint may aggravate other conditions related to digestion, such as heartburn, so use caution.

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