Keeps You Focused: An invigorating whiff of peppermint has been shown to heighten concentration.
Fights Nausea: Its menthol helps calm your tummy and relaxes your muscles, which eases stomach cramps.
Freshens Breath: Besides masking bad breath with its minty scent, the herb has antibacterial tannins that prevent odor-causing bacteria from setting up camp in your mouth.
Chills You Out: Menthol, mint's essential oil, is stored in the fuzzy hairs on the underside of the leaf. When this oil hits the nerve-cell receptors in your mouth, it sends a message to the brain that the cells are 7 to 13 degrees cooler than they actually are.
TRY THESE RECIPES
Double-Mint Barley Tabbouleh
Use spearmint. It's the kind you'll usually find in grocery stores. It can be used in practically any dish, sweet or savory.
Use lemon mint. It adds a bright, slightly tart flavor to any dish.
Mint Chip Ice Cream
Use chocolate mint. It has an initial blast of cool mint that is mellowed by an earthy, chocolaty sweetness that's ideal in desserts.