Any time of year you need to treat your feet to something nice. Summer time before you go breaking out the stilettos- Wintertime after you take off your boots. You have got to treat your feet to a Peppermint Pedicure! Make your feet feel smooth, oh so touchable soft. Yummy handcrafted goodness for your feet! Can’t you hear them just crying to be treated like a queen for the day?
This stimulating treatment will scour away roughness, moisturize and sooth the feet. This pedicure includes a peppermint soak and exfoliation scrub, a peppermint oil massage and a peppermint moisturizer. We end your experience with a professional manicure of the toes and your choice of polish.
Benefits of Peppermint
Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint. The herb originated in Europe; however, due to its popularity in taste and beneficial medicinal qualities, peppermint is grown in most regions around the world.
Peppermint is frequently used and consumed for its unique and beneficial medicinal properties. The health promoting and healing benefits of peppermint come from the rosmarinic acid and flavonoid content found within the leaves. The phenolic flavonoid content includes eriocitrin, luteolin and hesperidin.
If one were to recommend an aromatic herb that is known for its versatile uses, peppermint oil would win hands down.
The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita. Extracted from the herb by steam distillation, the oil of peppermint is clear with a slight tinge of yellow. Its main constituent is menthol, which imparts the famous heady, minty aroma and the remarkable “cooling sensation,” when tasted or touched.
Peppermint oil comprises vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals including potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. The numerous health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat several health problems.
As early as the 12th century, herbalists recommended teas from mint for digestive disorders, headaches, menstrual pain, flatulence, fevers, burns, bug bites and inflammations. The active medicinal ingredient in peppermint is menthol, according to Harvard Medical School reports. Menthol is a cooling compound that triggers sensors in the body to temporarily feel coolness, so peppermint tea is often recommended as a treatment for fevers. Peppermint’s carminative and anti-spasmodic properties keep the herb popular as a home remedy for a wide range of stomach and intestinal discomforts. A study at the University of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia has shown peppermint oil to have greater fungicidal activity than the commercial fungicide Bifonazole, which is used to treat the fungal skin infection athlete’s foot.
Peppermint herb is commonly used and may help to:
• Alleviate irritable bowel syndrome.
• Dissolve gallstones.
• Ease nausea and vomiting.
• Counter indigestion, flatulence, and gas, including chronic gas-causing conditions.
• Improve digestion and reduce heartburn.
• Fight bad breath.
• Stimulate appetite.
• Soothe muscle aches and control chronic pain (topically).
• Soothe itchiness from insect bites and hives (topically).
• Clear congestion and cough related to colds and allergies.
• Relieve headaches.
• Ease menstrual cramps.
• Fight stress (aromatherapy).
Precautions on the Herb Peppermint
Pure menthol must always be diluted because it can be fatal if ingested in its pure form. In addition, some people may have an allergic reaction when applied to the skin or mucus membranes even when the mint oils are diluted. If symptoms such as a headache, rash, or flushing develop, stop using the herb peppermint immediately.
Consult your physician before using peppermint if you have gallstones and it should be avoided altogether if you have any other type of gallbladder disorder.
If you suffer from chronic heartburn or if you have a hiatal hernia, avoid this herb.
Do not take peppermint oil capsules if you are on felodipine for high blood pressure or you are taking the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin. Peppermint oil may increase the drug’s effectiveness and side effects.