There’s nothing quite like the aroma of peppermint, whether you’re chewing gum to refresh your breath or spraying a room fragrance to banish the odor of something you burnt (oops).
If you’ve never considered the power of peppermint before, we’re delighted to introduce you to some of its benefits.
Whether you ate garlic for dinner last night or have “coffee breath” at work in the morning, peppermint can do the trick to freshen your breath. Keep peppermint gum in your purse or desk drawers for those occasions. Consider a brand that can also improve your dental health, such as Xlear Spry Dental Defense System ® Sugar-Free Peppermint Gum.
Relax after dinner
You ate dinner, and you’re feeling like you want something more. But you’re on a diet, and want to relax without using food for the wrong reasons. Peppermint tea is perfect for such occasions. It’s caffeine-free, so it won’t keep you up all night, and the minty taste will cut your cravings as well. Try Bigelow Peppermint Herb Tea for a refreshing beverage.
Tame tummy trouble
Heartburn bugging you? Sucking on peppermints can sometimes relieve the burn, especially if it’s caused by too much citrus fruit or tomato products. Try Yummy Earth Organic Wild Peppermint Candy.
Sometimes just smelling peppermint can help you conquer cravings for food. You might want to try keeping peppermint oil handy as a diet tool for such cases, such as Vitacost Pure Peppermint Oil.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
Want a dessert that satisfies your longings for something extra-special? We’ve found it in a rich dark chocolate bar with hints of peppermint: Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bar Peppermint.
At the office, while you’re shopping or in the mid-afternoon, it can be tempting to reach for an ooey-gooey treat from a vending machine or shopping mall food court. Keep a high protein, chocolate mint treat on hand for the perfect solution: BioNutritional Research Group Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar Chocolate Mint.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.