I thought I’d pick a cheerful herb as it’s world mental health day today. Mint - not just to be confined to toothpaste and Moroccan holidays - is often regarded as a mood stimulant, and is considered a relaxing and soothing herb. Nutritional therapists may recommend mint for those with digestive issues as it can help relax a tight and cramping stomach. And in fact enteric coated peppermint oil has an extremely high efficacy rate for those with IBS and is considered one of the best treatments for those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome. And very few side effects, plus available at most chemists.
IBS is sometimes (not always) linked with chronic stress especially in our formative years. We often forget how closely our digestive system and emotions can be linked! Remember around 90% of serotonin is produced in our gut. Mind blowing when you think of how little we look after our digestive systems.
Serious mental health disorders should always be assessed by a medical professional. But I find it comforting to know what I put in my body CAN definitely have a positive and proactive effect on my emotions. Off to have a fresh mint tea ☕️and a hot bath 🛀🏻
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