Health Benefits of Peppermint

December 1, 2020, 10:52 am

Feeling added stress this holiday season? Read on to learn more about the benefits of peppermint along with a recipe for a soothing cup of healthy peppermint hot chocolate to help ease things like headaches, sleepiness, and stuffed sinuses this holiday season.

What is Peppermint?

This herb is a cross between two types of mints: water mint and spearmint. The taste and smell you know from things like candies and soaps come from the concentrated oil (essential oil) inside the plant.

Health Benefits of Peppermint:

  • Can sooth an upset stomach
  • May help with nausea and vomiting
  • Helps with headaches
  • Can lessen pain of migraines
  • Kills mouth germs
  • Eases stuffy sinuses
  • Can help boost energy
  • Can help relieve cramps
  • Can help fight foodborne bacteria
  • Helps curb your appetite
  • Calms seasonal allergies
  • Helps sharpen your focus

Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 13-ounce can full fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 13-ounce can lite coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa), roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy canes, optional for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the maple syrup, coconut milk, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove pot from heat.
  2. Stir in the chocolate, and continue stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract, starting with 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint and adding more if desired. Pour into four mugs, and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, or candy canes (if desired).