The Secret Powers of Peppermint

The Candy Chef is here. Cooking really is my life, but there’s one particular field within the large realm of cookery that I really enjoy – cooking and making desserts.

I guess you could say that I have a sweet tooth, and personally I wouldn’t disagree with you! Today I want to discuss something that I’m constantly using within one my desserts and sweets, especially festive treats like candy cane, and that is something called peppermint extract. You make and extract it from the peppermint plant.

I buy a lot of this stuff and almost always have a decent amount of it stocked in my spice rack at any one time. Recently, I had the pleasure to learn from a friend that peppermint extract can also be used for many different things beyond cooking.

For instance, were you aware that the same extract is also a great skin supplement? I honestly had no idea. Now I don’t want you to immediately run to your kitchen, grab some peppermint extract and start applying it to your skin. This might not be the best thing to do. The smart thing to do would be to buy some peppermint oil that was specifically designed to be used on your skin.

oil made from peppermint

Luckily it’s not hard to find some products that contain a particular kind of peppermint oil that can satisfy all of its different uses. I purchased one in particular called mentha piperita peppermint oil. Apart from rubbing it into your skin, it is supposed to be great for aromatherapy.

You know how your sinuses feel after chewing peppermint gum for a short while. It’s a bit like that but much better. Some people buy things called oil diffusers that spray the oil around the house, but others sometime add it to boiling water, or put it into the bath.

Apparently it really helps to reduce headache pains, breathing problems like asthma, and sometimes even mental anxiety. How mad is that?