Peppermint candies are boxed in holiday aisles at local grocers and that familiar red and white stripe pattern appears on everything from lawn decorations to festive ribbon. The look and flavor of peppermint is the hallmark of the holiday season, but even better is the long list of health benefits this leaf provides.

Drinking peppermint tea is a natural way to relieve a multitude of uncomfortable problems.

Easing stomach aches

Sometimes during the holidays, we have the tendency to overdo it on sweets and decadent holiday feasts. By the end of December, many of us feel the pangs of overeating. Luckily, peppermint can help with that.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint can aid digestion and ease stomach upset because it relaxes the muscles in the stomach. Peppermint is used to help with common stomach and intestinal problems like indigestion, nausea and bloating.

Soothing cold symptoms

Along with the snow and chilly air, winter also brings with it cold and flu season. Being sick is never fun. The dry scratchy throat and stuffy nose may be some of the most frustrating aspects of the season; however, this too can be remedied with the icy sensation of mint.

The aroma of peppermint is great for alleviating congestion from a cold, flu or allergies. Peppermint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant and expectorant. It also can soothe a sore throat.

Increasing concentration

With all of the hustle and bustle during the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay focused on certain tasks or responsibilities. Peppermint can help with this problem as well.

It was recently discovered that peppermint may have a positive effect on memory recall and mood.

According to the International Journal of Neuroscience, people exposed to the scent of peppermint (more specifically peppermint oil) had an improved ability to focus and were able to process information more quickly.

Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., of Wheeling Jesuit University, found that the scent of peppermint may reduce frustration and anxiety because it increases oxygen saturation and blood pressure. This allows for improved concentration.

Peppermint is available in many forms; from oils to consumables. If you are looking for something natural and delicious, sip on the refreshing Harney & Sons Organic Peppermint Tea. Even by itself, it is an incredibly flavorful and aromatic drink.

For a hint of peppermint flavor in a drink, try out 1883 Maison Routin Peppermint Syrup, which features an extremely authentic taste. Add this syrup to holiday inspired cocktails or hot beverages like coffee and hot chocolate.

Have you experienced any positive effects from consuming peppermint? Let us know in the comments!