A favorite herbal medicine of the ancients, peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC. Modern scientific investigations have now confirmed that this remarkable plant has over a dozen healing properties.
In our continuing effort to educate folks to the vast array of healing agents found in the natural world around us, we are excited to include peppermint in our Ultra-Shake, a member of the aromatic mint family that you may already have squirreled away somewhere in your kitchen cupboard. While most have experienced peppermint as a flavoring agent, or perhaps as a comforting cup of herbal tea, few are aware of its wide range of experimentally confirmed therapeutic properties.
The ancients certainly were aware of the mint family's medicinal value, having been used as herbal medicines in ancient Egypt, Greek and Rome thousands of years ago. Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dating back to 1,000 BC.
Today, modern scientific investigations are revealing an abundance of potential health benefits associated with the use of different components of the peppermint plant.
Peppermint can help cure health issues in the abdominals and digestive tract, reports Harvard Medical School’s HEALTHbeat newsletter. Multiple studies have pointed to the ingredient’s effectiveness in treating and relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which include cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. One 2007 experiment found that 75% of patients who took peppermint capsules for four weeks saw a major decline in IBS symptoms, compared with just 38% of patients who took a placebo pill.