If there is one plant which literally gives off a cooling effect to foods and drinks, that is none other than peppermint. The peppermint plant is a cross between a spearmint and a water mint. For the longest time, peppermint has been considered as the oldest medicine due to its many health benefits.
Natural peppermint oil has always been able to relieve stomach problems, including tummy aches, indigestion and dyspepsia. Peppermint also shows potential as an anti-cancer agent. In addition, peppermint oil is considered to be an anti-microbial essential oil and it is good in fighting asthma. Finally, peppermint is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, dietary fibers, iron, folate, magnesium and calcium.
Peppermint is used as a flavoring agent in desserts, drinks, ice cream and tea. When using peppermint as herb or when including it with any dish, use fresh mint instead of the dried variety so that you can enjoy its maximum flavor.