Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Peppermint is an aromatic herb that has a cooling effect on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it has an affinity for the lungs and liver.
Peppermint Plant: Peppermint is actually a hybrid of two mints – spearmint (Mentha spicata) and watermint (Mentha aquatic).
Part Used Medicinally: Leaves
Peppermint oil: The color of the Peppermint oil is usually light yellow or green.
Medicinal Compound: The active constituents of Peppermint are primarily menthol and menthone. Peppermint also contains flavonoids, tannins, tocopherols, carotenes, B vitamins, calcium, potassium and other nutrients.
Health Benefits of Peppermint:
- Peppermint tea has long been used to help digestive complaints such as digestive cramps and spasms, flatulence, colic, and gallstones.
- Peppermint can also help provide relief from low blood pressure or menstrual cramps.
- Peppermint tea and oil is good for clearing the respiratory tract; it is an expectorant and thus, provides relief from respiratory problems like cough, cold, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and nasal congestion.
- Peppermint cream is an excellent topical ointment for relief of joint and muscle pain. You can also put 10 drops of oil into the bathtub for a relaxing experience.
- Peppermint oil when use in aromatherapy can to help clear the mind, improves focusing power, and increases alertness.
- Peppermint is also the only essential oil that can help cure both jet lag and motion sickness.
- Peppermint essential oil is beneficial for toothache; just mix 3-5 drops in a cup of water and use it as your mouth wash. Do this before applying toothpaste if you’re brushing your teeth.
- Peppermint has also been shown to retard the growth of many varieties of bacteria and fungi.
Note: Peppermint essential oil, the kind used for aromatherapy, is for scent only. Like other essential oils, it should never be taken internally.
- Peppermint should be avoided if you have cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) or severe liver disease.
- Peppermint essential oil – the kinds that’s sold for aromatherapy – should be used with caution in people with asthma. Inhaling the fragrance of the essential oil could cause a flare-up of asthma.
“This post was originally published on January 3, 2012 @ 02:25”