10 Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea and Peppermint Oil

I love to drink teas, especially peppermint tea. I was delighted to learn that peppermint has tons of health benefits that I wasn’t even aware of. While I like to enjoy it in tea, there are multiple ways to use it and incorporate it into your health routines. Here are my top 10 favorite health benefits from peppermint.

1. It Soothes the Stomach
I usually enjoy peppermint tea with my breakfast. I’ve noticed that it always seems to have a very soothing effect on my stomach. In my research, I learned that peppermint tea is actually known to help with digestion. It can even help with disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. It has natural pain relieving benefits that can aid with cramping, and it also helps reduce bloating and gas.

2. It Can Help You Lose Weight
While Peppermint is not a miracle weight loss aid, it can help with appetite control. Smelling peppermint can help to reduce your appetite, thus causing you to eat less and get full faster.

3. It Can Stimulate the Mind and Sharpen Your Thinking
Peppermint is a natural mental stimulant that can help you concentrate and focus better. It can also give you more energy when you are feeling sluggish or are experiencing jet lag.

4. It Can Improve Your Mood
According to scientific studies, the smell of peppermint is a mood enhancer. It can aid with feelings of sadness, anxiety, and irritability.

5. It Improves Your Breath
Peppermint has antibacterial properties that can help kill the germs that cause bad breath. In addition, its pleasant smell can help override odors. That is why peppermint makes an excellent flavor for gum. It is also part of why restaurants provide peppermint candies after meals.

6. It Can Help Reduce Coughing and Vomiting When You Are Sick
When consumed in tea, peppermint can help reduce coughing and vomiting. Peppermint has antispasmodic properties that allow it to be soothing when you are nauseous or it can help curb that tingling itchy feeling in your throat when you have a cough.

7. It Can Aid With Muscle Aches and Pains
When applied to the skin, peppermint essential oils have a very soothing, refreshing, and tingling sensation similar to over the counter muscle ache creams like Icy Hot. This makes it a wonderful natural alternative to use when you are feeling sore and achy. Plus it’s natural analgesic and antispasmodic properties I mentioned before make it particularly useful with muscle pain.

8. It Can Sooth Itchy Skin
Peppermint feels cooling and calming on the skin which can help reduce feelings of itchiness when you get a bug bite or encounter poison ivy.

9. It Acts as a Natural Bug Repellant
Avoid getting bug bites in the first place by applying peppermint to the skin. Bugs are repelled by peppermint oil and will steer clear of you.

10. It Can Help Break a Fever
Since peppermint is naturally very cooling, it can be useful to assist in breaking a mild fever. Apply it to skin behind the neck and on the bottom of the feet. This technique is similar to applying ice packs on the skin when you have a fever.

As you can see, peppermint has tons of applications and potential health benefits. Now that I know that, I will be even more dedicated to drinking my morning peppermint tea with my breakfast. In addition, I plan to start stocking peppermint in the form of an essential oil in my medicine cabinet. You can find essential oils at places like Walmart, Target, health food stores, and even at your local farmers markets.

10 Ideas to Cheer Yourself Up When You’re Having a Bad Day

We all try to avoid bad days as much as possible, but sometimes they just can’t be avoided. Maybe you got some bad news, got into a fight with a friend, or had a bad day at work. Even if you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed and are feeling like Debbie Downer, there are small things you can do to improve your mood. Here are our 10 ideas to cheer yourself up when you’re having a bad day.

1. Practice Gratitude
I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear when you are having a bad day. You are probably thinking that there is nothing to be grateful for on a bad day. However, even on a lousy day there is something to be grateful for. When you focus on the positive in your life you will gain a new perspective on your situation. Then you’ll see that although you’re having an unpleasant day, not everything in life is negative.

2. Do Something That You Enjoy
Sometimes the best remedy for a bad mood is to do something positive that you enjoy. Pick something that will help take your mind off things and refocus your energy like taking a bubble bath, watching your favorite movie, going to dinner with friends, etc.

3. Be in the Moment
Try to focus on the present moment by bringing your attention to your breath. Focus just on breathing in and breathing out. When you do this, you clear away the negative thinking in your mind and bring your focus solely to the moment. This is essentially practicing the art of meditation and mindfulness which have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Those who make it a point to practice meditation and mindfulness report that they feel mentally sharp, more creative, and more capable to take on the stress of the day while being able to remain calm.

4. Bring a Sense of Acceptance to the Situation
When you make a mistake or somebody does something to upset you, the mind often replays that situation over and over again making you fixate on it. These thoughts get you riled up and lead to negative emotions. If this sounds like you, try to bring acceptance to the situation. Acknowledge that things happened the way they did, and try to stop replaying different scenarios or outcomes in your mind. Avoid the shoulda, coulda, woulda thoughts. You’ll find that once you bring acceptance to any situation it is much easier to move past it. By the way, this is not the same thing as condoning the situation or saying it was positive. You simply accept that it happened the way it did, and that you can’t go back in time and change it. Focus on the present and what you can do now, since the past is gone.

5. Do Something Nice For Somebody Else
This is a great way to put yourself in a good mood and at the same time earn some good karma! It can be as simple as giving some strangers compliments to brighten their day, or you could do a kind and thoughtful gesture for somebody that will make them feel special.

6. Read Positive Quotes and Affirmations
There are tons of uplifting quotes online that you can read when you need a pick me up. Try logging onto Pinterest and searching for positive affirmations. After reading some of those you can’t help but feel stronger and inspired.

7. Exercise
Working out is a great way to release negative energy from the day and have some time for yourself. Go for a run or walk to clear your mind. If you can, try to do your workout in the outdoors. Many people say being in nature makes them feel more relaxed.

8. Hang Out With Your Pet
Our pets are always happy to see us and are wonderful sources of unconditional love. Animals tend to have a relaxing and peaceful effect on us humans. Plus they are just fun to be around!

9. Talk to a Confidant
Many people find venting and talking through their feelings with somebody else makes them feel better about a situation. Get support and encouragement from somebody you trust that is good at lifting you up when you are feeling bad. Allow this person to give you another perspective and help you see your situation in a new light.

10. Give Yourself Permission to have a Pity Party
Lastly, If you are still feeling a lot of emotion go ahead and allow yourself to feel it. Find sometime to be alone and go ahead and be upset for a little bit, cry, shout, and do what you gotta do. After, you’ll find the emotion will pass and you will start to feel better. Plus bottling up your emotions is not healthy.

Hopefully these suggestions will help turn your bad day around. However, just in case those tips didn’t work, I included some pictures of cute cats in this article just for you! Those are absolutely positively guaranteed to improve your mood. Do you have positive tips and advice that I missed? Feel free to let us know your thoughts.

Gym Motivation tips – Our top 5 favorites

What is your Gym motivation? How do you do it?

Going to the Gym is hard, staying motivated at the Gym is even harder. There I said it, I know many of us profess to love it and find it easy, but at least half the people on any given day find it difficult to get up go through the day and get to the gym. Finding ways to stay motivated and to continue to progress are key to keeping that gym motivation up and achieving the results you want. Here are some gym motivation tips that work for me:

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1.) Get a fitness tracker and enable it on your phone. For me knowing what I did if I had a productive day or exactly how much exercise I got is motivating, playing little games with my self to get better numbers is fun and much easier to track with new technology.

2.) Join a good gym, one that is close to you, easy to park at, has a wide variety of classes and equipment. Boredom and difficulty of use are two of the biggest barriers you should remove before you start.

3.) Get a Gym buddy – accountability and friendship are 2 great ways to help stay motivated at the gym. Finding someone to go with you is probably the best way to do this.

4.) Gear! – If you are like me and like new toys/tech/gear reward yourself as you hit milestones at the gym.

5.) Set realistic time based milestones for yourself at the gym. “Lose 10lbs By X date” is a terrible goal and will frustrate you if you only get to 9lbs, instead try “Go to Gym 10 of next 14 days.”

So there you have it some Life Home Living gym motivation tips, we know it can be hard so we’d also love to hear from you about what works to stay motivated at the gym. Tweet us those @LifeHomeLiving