HERB INFOSHEET

   PEPPERMINT

Mentha peperita

 

HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT

Digestion

Dyspepsia

Enteritis

Fatulence

Gastritis

Intestinal colic

Spasms of the bile duct

Gallbladder

Nausea

Irritable Bowel

Pain reduction

Boosts immune

Cooling

Anti inflammatory

Fever reducing

Bad breath

Antispasmodic

Stress reduction

Weight Loss

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:

Sinus congestion

Inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose and throat.

Peppermint oil, as an external treatment, has been approved for:

Myalgia

Muscle pain

Neuralgia

Nerve pain

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Menthol

Menthene

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.

 

 

DOSAGE INFORMATION

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

Tea

Essential oil

Fresh leaves

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

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.

 

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