Peppermint is familiar to almost everyone as a breath freshener. Whether used as a flavoring for toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, or candy, it can easily cover up the odors of previous meals and the unpleasant scents caused by bacteria. Its pleasant taste and the feeling of cleanliness it leaves in the mouth make it an essential favorite for oral hygiene.
Of course, peppermint essential oils have far more uses than simply freshening breath. It is used frequently in aromatherapy and in traditional medicine, particularly as a treatment for stomach problems and headaches. It can be used to ease breathing through the nose and to increase concentration as well. To make things even better, it generally has no negative side effects unless taken in large quantities, and even these can be avoided by taking peppermint oil in delayed-release capsules that bypass the stomach.
The benefits of peppermint essential oil apply to oral health as well. It is often said to help against mouth infections, gum problems and bad breath. Combined with its other benefits and wonderful taste, it’s no wonder it’s become a nearly-universal ingredient in dental care, and Tooth & Gums Tonic, while exceptional in many ways, takes no exception here!
Peppermint is also extremely easy to grow at home to suit all of your herbal remedy and flavoring needs. It prefers moist soil and partial shade. Its root system expands rapidly, making it a cinch to grow as much as you want and need quickly. Be warned, however, that despite its wonderful uses, it is essentially a weed, and it will take over your garden if allowed to. Keep it boxed in to prevent it from expanding too far and choking out your other plants.