Peppermint is more than just a sparkling breath freshener and tranquil infusion for tea. The leafy herb with a high menthol content has been used for its medicinal properties since the days of ancient Egypt. Taken internally, it has a calming effect on the body, can help improve digestion, increase energy, alleviate headaches, and curb nausea (which is why the school nurse gave you peppermint water if you didn't feel well!) Its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties can also help to prevent illness. Externally, tingly peppermint oil soothes sore muscles, making it a popular essential oil in massage therapy, while some people find that the scent reduces their stress and anxiety levels.

Industrious folks can make peppermint extract with some fresh mint leaves, carrier oil, and a few days to spare. But if you'd rather just save some time and buy it ready-made, we recommend Peppermint Spirits from Herb Pharm. The main ingredients are organically grown peppermint and organic can alcohol. GMO-free and gluten-free, just squeeze a dropper-sized amount of Peppermint Spirit into 4 oz of water several times a day. Herb Pharm grows most of their own herbs (or sources them from organic growers) and is meticulous about using only the freshest, purest ingredients in all of their dietary supplements. Additionally, their manufacturing plant (also run organically) is only few miles from their farm, a short distance which helps their herbs maintain their potency.