It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays! One holiday favorite that is seen everywhere this time of the year is peppermint.

Whether it’s candy canes decorating trees, peppermint candles or lotion, peppermint is surely the scent of the season. Though peppermint tastes and smells delicious, did you know that it’s actually beneficial to your health? Here are some fun facts about peppermint:

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  • Peppermint plants originated in the Mediterranean but now grow in North America and Europe.
  • In the early 1900’s, peppermint was used as an insect repellent.
  • Breathing the fumes of peppermint stimulates the senses and helps to reduce fatigue and depression. Make sure to light a peppermint candle in your living room this holiday season to help ward off the winter blues.
  • Peppermint oil can soothe itchy dry skin and is used as an antiseptic to clean wounds and soothes acne.
  • Peppermint has been used for medicinal purposes since 1000 BC. Peppermint is still used today to help with headaches, nausea, irritable bowel, muscle pains, and congestion.
  • The herb peppermint contains no cholesterol and is rich in essential oils, vitamins and dietary fibers, which help to control blood cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Research has shown that the smell of mint helps to stimulate brain waves. If you need gift options for your college student why not try peppermint lotion or even a candle to help them get through studying.
  • Each year 1.76 billion candy canes are made. That’s a lot of peppermint!

So light yourself a peppermint candle and make sure to have some candy canes on hand to help stay in the holiday spirit this season! Don’t forget to stop by your local Sparkle to get your peppermint fix!

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