When it comes to picking plant life with multi-beneficial properties, peppermint presses all the buttons. This common garden herb with its fresh, menthol rep, peps up everything from tea to tagines as well as shifting bad breath and soothing upset stomachs – yep, even period bloat.
Peppermint is one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal purposes and there are plenty of reasons why it makes a smart staple in our bathroom cabinets and beauty regime.
1. Peppermint soothes
Suffering from inflamed, itchy or sensitive skin? Well, peppermint can work wonders on these bothersome body irritations. The cooling effect of the active compound menthol can help calm the skin and reduce general redness.
2. It’s anti-bacterial
Here’s one for the clean freaks. Studies have shown that peppermint is super-effective at blasting bacteria and fungi, so using a soap infused with the stuff is actually a no-brainer. For a natural shower time cleanse, reach for the Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash. The organic Himalayan soapberries in this wash leave the skin squeaky clean and the combo of moisturising aloe vera, calming geranium and cooling peppermint oil also hydrates, nourishes and leaves the skin full of antioxidants after washing.
3. It attacks acne
Whether it’s face zits, bacne or breakouts on the boobs, peppermint acts as a natural astringent that can control excess oil to help prevent spots and clogged pores, resulting in a clearer complexion from head to toe.
4. It’s cooling
As a natural anti-inflammatory, peppermint will cool and soothe the skin providing healing relief to angry burns and scalds, swelling, or skin inflammations. You can even use it to nurse mosquito bites, wasp and bee stings. Who knew?
5. Mint’s good for your mood
OK, this isn’t technically a skincare remedy, but seeing as wafting a peppermint scented product around in the shower can actually lift your mood, we reckon it’s well worth a mention. Peppermint oil in aromatherapy is known to ease tension, boost energy and sharpen focus – so it makes perfect sense to surround yourself with the stuff in the bathroom, right? Head to the Pink Shop to buy the Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash for just 8.95!