The Peppermint plant is a summer-growing perennial with upright square stems reaching three feet in height at maturity.
Diffusing peppermint into the air may help with many ailments, from headaches to an upset stomach. Peppermint Essential Oil is widely credited with being a digestive aid. Peppermint leaves contain menthol, which is a proven aid to digestion. Sniffing peppermint prior to eating will increase the feeling of fullness and result in a reduction of caloric intake. The familiar aroma of Mentha piperita is known for both its warming and cooling properties. Friendly to the sinuses, peppermint is also useful to the muscular system, especially for women during monthly cycles or menopause. Properties include being refreshing, a mental stimulant and energizing. Peppermint oil is one of the world's oldest medicinal herbs.
In an aromatherapy diffuser, peppermint oil can help to increase concentration and to stimulate the mind which helps reduce the symptoms of depression and autism. In addition to reducing coughs, headaches and nausea, it also has value as an insect repellent. It helps alleviate the discomfort of menopause, menstruation and greatly improves digestion.