Monday, June 20, 2011

Peppermint - Monograph

Common Name – Peppermint

Botanical Name - Mentha piperita

Parts Used – Areal Parts and Essential Oil

Active Constituents

Volatile Oil which contains menthol, menthone and menthyl acetate. Flavonoids, rosmarinic acid,azulenes, choline and carotenes.

So what is peppermint good for?

Therapeutic properties - Carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, anti-microbial, analgesic, stimulant, stomachic, rubefacient.

Peppermint is a great herb for all digestive issues. From indigestion after a big meal to a advanced case of stomach ulcers.

It is helpful in cases of flatulence and nausea. Peppermint also has a pain relieving effect which helps to alleviate stomach discomfort.

Peppermint can be used to lower fever and to help to alleviate stress.

It can also be used topically to help relieve pain, itching and inflammation.

How to prepare peppermint tea? Pour one cup of boiling water over one heaping teaspoon of dried herb and let it steep for ten minutes. Strain out the used herb and drink and often as you would like.


Should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.



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