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Biological Name: Mentha piperitapeppermint

Family: Labiatae

Other Names: balm mint, lamb mint, Peppermint, curled mint, brady mint

Elements Applied: Each part of the plant, located above the ground (including the oil), is used in herbal medicine.

Active Components:

  • Flavonoids: rutin, menthoside, and more;
  • Essential oil, nearly l.5%, consisting of piperitone, ledol, menthol, viridiflorol, menthyl and menthone acetate as main constituents, pulegone, isomenthone, cineole, menthofuran, limonene, isomenthol, a- and b- pinene, neomenthol, and so on.
  • Other: carotenes, rosmarinic acid, choline, azulenes, and so on.

Used For: The herb is applied for eliminating gas accumulations in the bowels, treating spasms and pains of different origins, stimulating perspiration, digestive functions and nervous system, preventing vomits, and reducing inflammations.

Peppermint produces a positive effect on the digestive system, fighting meteorism and spasms associated with it, stimulates stomach juice and bile movement. It is applied to treat bowel colic, dyspepsia accompanied with meteorism, and similar diseases. Plant’s essential oil produces an analgesic effect on the stomach muscles, alleviating the unpleasant sickness and feeling of vomit. Used to fight sickness and vomiting, associated with pregnancy and nauphatia.

The plant is additionally applied as an aid in healing intestine ulcers. One of its conventional applications is for flu, colds, and fevers. Breathing with peppermint one can have an accidental relief for cold in the head. Peppermint has a capacity to fight headaches, especially if they are linked with digestive problems. The plant is also used to fight nervous conditions, like anxiety and nervousness. As a topical remedy the plant is applied to fight inflammatory processes and irritability.

Commonly mixed with: To fight flu and colds the herb is applied together with Yarrow, Elder Flowers, and Boneset.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion, take a teaspoon of herb extract, fill it up with a glass of boiling water, and let it stay for 10 minutes. The drink is consumed whenever the necessity occurs.

In form of a tincture the plant is used in a dose of 1-2 ml thrice a day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. However, there is a possibility of interaction with other medical remedies. Don’t use any medicine, even herbal, without receiving a consultation from your health-care provider.