Paradoxical for its cooling and warming properties that make it cooling to the taste, yet stimulating in action. Very well known for its soothing action on the digestive system helping to relieve gas and bloating, stomach-aches, flatulent indigestion, and diarrhea. Peppermint is highly relaxing to the nerves and smooth muscles. Compresses or essential oil applied topically are useful for muscle spasms and cramps. Also a traditional cold, flu, and fever remedy commonly mixed with yarrow and elderflower.