Peppermint is one of the most commonly used herbs. The essential oil is used as an ingredient in toothpaste, confectionery, indigestion tablets and the liqueur creme de menthe. A peppermint tisane is said to aid the digestion. It is one of the few varieties of mint which can be grown from seed and will quickly establish itself.
Don’t confuse this plant with spearmint (they look a lot alike). Besides relieving spasms, gas and indigestion, peppermint can also temporarily reduce hunger pangs, but they will return later, stronger than ever. To prepare peppermint tea, pour boiling water over two thirds cup dried leaves and steep for five to 10 minutes. Peppermint teas should not be given to infants and small children because it can cause a choking sensation
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Odor Intensity: High
Colds and flu, dry cough
Concentration, clarity, memory
Fatigue, mental and physical
Gastrointestinal poisoning, diarrhea
Indigestion, heartburn, colic
Irritable bowel syndrome
Muscle aches and pains
Nausea and vomiting
Aroma: fresh, minty, earthy, sweet, penetrating, invigorating.
Parts Used: Leaves
Properties: analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, sudorific.
Emotional Concerns: Peppermint helps with the assimilation and digestion of ideas. It stimulates and awakens the mind and refreshes the spirit.
Contraindications: Peppermint may counteract homeopathic remedies, and it may cause wakefulness in the evenings. Die to its cooling effect, do not rub peppermint over the whole body, and use with caution and only in diluted form in the bath.
Combine with 1 ½ tsp aloe vera gel and rub onto chest. Or add to a bowl of almost boiling water and use as an inhalation.
Massage over affected area in a clockwise direction. The antispasmodic properties of peppermint oil will relieve the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, while its analgesic properties will ease pain. This combination of properties provides relief for colic, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and intestinal cramps. The addition of Roman Chamomile may augment the effect.