Peppermint is referred to as a wonder herb, because besides lending an appetizing flavour, it also has several therapeutic properties. Peppermint oil and dried leaves are available in outlets that stock ayurvedic products and herbs.
You can battle cold weather as well as a cold by sipping on peppermint flavoured herbal tea. It helps in the process of digestion. The menthol in peppermint soothes lining of the digestive tract. It also stimulates the production of bile (a digestive fluid that helps your body in breaking down the nutrients in your food).
Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves per cup of boiling water.
Menthol (from peppermint) vapours are effective for relieving nasal, sinus and chest congestion.
Peppermint is effective against cough, thus peppermint oil is an important ingredient in many cough syrups.