HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT
Spasms of the bile duct
Blood pressure lowering
Cancer-fighting and anti-tumor abilities.
(It was shown to significantly suppress the effect of okadaic acid which promotes tumor formation.)
Steam from the tea is inhaled it can ease:
Inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose and throat.
Peppermint oil, as an external treatment, has been approved for:
The flavonoid glycoside, luteolin-7-O-rutinoside, obtained from Mentha piperita has a significant effect on the inhibition of histamine release.
PARTS OF THE PLANT USED
The leaves are dried for teas and flavoring and steeped in boiling water. Generally, 1-2 grams of the herb is recommended, 3-4 times per day.
The oil is steam distilled from the dried leaves also, and 0.05-0.6ml or 3-12 drops is recommended per day.
Though peppermint tea is powerful and offers a wide range of health benefits, there are still some possible side effects of having this tea. The menthol can act as an allergen to some people and cause heartburn in others. Both of the reactions are typically mild but consulting a doctor about possible allergies is always a good idea.
FORMS FOR USE
Individuals with achlorhydria, biliary or gall bladder obstruction, or gallstones, acid reflux or issues of the esophagus should not use peppermint.
Highly concentrated peppermint oil should not be rubbed on or inhaled profusely as it can cause dermatitis, flushing or headaches.
Over consumption of peppermint can also cause peristaltic actions of the colon to relax, slowing the movement of food in the alimentary tract, and thus is not recommended after dinner, or for people with a hiatal hernia.
The leaf contains tannins which if overly consumed can cause liver damage.
Menthol products should not be given to young children because nasal preparations could cause gagging, or spasms of the glottis (the opening between the vocal cords in the throat), resulting in airway obstructions.