Since candy canes are abundant during the holidays, I figured it was an appropriate time to talk about peppermint. However, I do not suggest you eat candy canes to get the benefits of peppermint. Peppermint tea or infusion are two easy ways of getting the benefits of this wonderful herb.

Peppermint is often used to help with upset stomachs, since it is antispasmodic and carminative. It is also used in nausea, vomiting, colic and flatulence. Peppermint stimulates the release of bile and increase the production of bile. Along with internal uses, peppermint can be used topically for insect bites, stings and itchy skin.

Peppermint should not be used in pregnancy unless under the care of a licensed healthcare provider. During acute gallbladder infections/gall stones peppermint is not used because of its ability to stimulate the release of bile. If you have hiatal hernias peppermint is not used because it can relax the lower esophageal sphincter which can lead to gastric reflux.

Remember the benefits of peppermint the next time you have a stomachache.