Peppermint is best known for its beneficial effects on the digestive system and strengthening action on the stomach and liver.
It calms and relaxes smooth muscles and eases stomach pain, indigestion and nausea.
Its analgesic properties bring pain relief to headaches and all kinds of cramps.
Peppermint is widely used as a flavouring agent in food and cosmetics like shampoo.
Peppermint is a hybrid perennial herb which grows up to 30-90 cm tall. The stems are erect and square-shaped like most mint plants, and it has creeping root stocks called ‘stolons’ that grow rapidly. The leaves are sharply toothed, pointed, and in midsummer dense clusters of tiny pink-purple flowers appear. Mints prefer moist shade with partial sun.
It is invasive and spreads quickly so it is best grown in pots if you don’t want it taking over.
|Mentha x piperita|
|Parts Used||Perennial- herb picked all season|
|Target Organs||Digestion, Nervous System, Liver/gallbladder, Stomach, Respiratory, Muscular|
|Common Uses||Digestion: Fortifies liver, stomach, and intestines. Stomach upset, gastritis, indigestion, nausea, colitis, Crohn’s, relaxing digestive, infection, inflammation
Respiratory: infections, bronchitis, sinusitis, cooling, colds, flu, coughs, nasal catarrh, pain,
Nervous: migraines, headaches, stress tension, itching,
Muscular: relaxes smooth muscle, arthritis, neuralgia, aches and pain, sciatica, bruises, inflammation
|Properties||Analgesic, antiallergenic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-emetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory (local, systemic), antiseptic, anti-galactagogue antispasmodic (digestive, general, respiratory), antiviral, anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, decongestant, diaphoretic, relaxing expectorant, febrifuge, nervine relaxant, stomachic, tonic tranquilizer, vasodilator, vulnerary.
|Constituents||Essential Oil: 2%
Monoterpene alcohol: Menthol 30-70%,
Esters: methyl acetate,
Oxide: 1, 8 cineole
Monoterpenes: menthene, phellandrene, azulene, limonene, pinene
Other: tannins, bitter
|Cautions||Medium strength: Do not use with epilepsy, convulsions, during pregnancy, breastfeeding, dry conditions, gastric hyperacidity or with children under the age of two. Older children, seniors take breaks. Essential oil: Do not store with homeopathic remedies. Do not use in a bath, it may cause hypothermia.|
Tea: 1-2 tsp. infuse 10-15 minutes