Did You Know Candy Canes Are Good For This?

Perks of ... Candy Canes!

It's candy cane season! Don't immediately dismiss these sweet red and white treats as just a holiday candy for kids. Peppermint has loads of health benefits – as well as being delicious!

Indulge a little and stir that hot cocoa or coffee with a candy cane – you won't be disappointed you did!

  • Peppermint soothes a sour stomach: Folk medicine has always touted the benefits of using peppermint to help with a variety of tummy ailments, from nausea to cramps, but a 2007 Italian study found that IBS symptoms were significantly reduced among 75 percent of patients who took peppermint oil capsules for a month. And a A 2011 Australian study discovered that peppermint activates an "anti-pain" channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.
       
  • Peppermint can get rid of a tension headache: Tension headaches, most often brought on by stress, anxiety, and alcohol consumption can be alleviated by a little topical peppermint oil. In a small 1996 study, rubbing a peppermint oil solution on the forehead and temples eased headache pain just as effectively as acetaminophen after 15 minutes.
       
  • Peppermint can boost concentration: It's hard to focus at work when there is so much you need to get done during the holidays, but next time you are feeling like you just can't concentrate, try sucking on a peppermint candy. A study out of Wheeling Jesuit University has linked smelling peppermint to greater alertness, motivation and even performance. One Maryland middle school even went as far as ordering 3,600 peppermint candies for students to enjoy during a series of state-wide tests to keep kids focused!
       
  • Peppermint can help with a stuffy nose: Menthol is an active ingredient in peppermint as well as many over-the-counter cold medicines. Just sniffing the stuff could help clear nasal passages when you are feeling uncomfortably congested. (HuffingtonPost)


 

Theresa Lucas

A native Michigander, I grew up listening to Detroit radio in my hometown of Brighton (my parents, Jess and Georgene and brother Dan still reside there). After graduating from Howell High School in 1984, I expressed myself graphically as a typesetter for 11 years. I then pursued my love of music by attending Specs Howard School of Broadcasting in hopes to break into the radio industry. My dream came true upon graduating from Specs in 1995 when I was hired into WNIC and I've been here ever since!I'm presently WNIC's Assistant Program and Music Director. Besides my on-air shift Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm, I also can be heard on various commercials on Clear Channel stations in Detroit. I consider my co-workers my "extended" family but I'm happily raising my "real" family at my home in Canton. I'm absolutely the #1 fan of my son Steven, who along with my better-half Bill, our guinea pig Tweak and adopted kitty Sonya, make my world whole.Outside of the station, I enjoy spending time searching for the latest "lost" Beatle recording. I'm a sucker for animals and I readily adopt elderly pets to spoil and love. I simply love my job and the rewards it brings when listeners tell me, "I love WNIC!" My Favorite Websites These are some of my favorite websites that I visit quite frequently. As far as I know, they're family-friendly. I play very addicting (but fun) games at the last two links!www.rachaelraymag.comwww.thebeatles.comwww.paulmccartney.comwww.roushracing.comwww.cartoonnetwork.comwww.nickelodeon.com

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