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The use of herbal products for medical conditions is increasing. Medicinal uses are generally based on traditional uses of herbs, usually culinary, but research is now providing some evidence of effectiveness for these uses and others. Peppermint is one example of such a herb.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a member of the mint family, and its use as a medicine was first described in 1696. It has been used as an antispasmodic, an antiseptic and an aromatic in traditional medicine in the Eastern and Western worlds. It has been used to treat indigestion, nausea, sore throats, colds, toothaches, cramps and cancers. The menthol component of peppermint oil is used as an inhalant for upper respiratory tract disorders, and is an ingredient in many liniments and ointments for sore muscles. The traditional use of peppermint for digestive disorders is thought to be the key reason for its use as after dinner mints.
What does this mean for a Baker?
This very interesting study provides an insight into the potential health benefits of increasing our consumption of peppermint oil. The study found that peppermint oil is successful in reducing the severity of symptoms in those who suffer from IBS. If you suffer from IBS then why not try adding some peppermint oil into your sourdough bakes to see if it helps to relieve your symptoms?