Parts used - the leaves and flowering tops
Relaxes the muscles and soothes cramping of the digestive tract.
Aids digestion and flatulence.
Eases nausea and vomiting. May help relieve travel and morning sickness.
Peppermint tea and oil help ease nasal congestion, promote sweating and ease headaches and migraine. They can also be used as an inhalant.
There are no known side effects and no known interactions with other drugs.
Do not use any form of peppermint if you are allergic to menthol.
Peppermint oil can irritate the skin and mucous membranes and should not be used on the face.
Safety Issues Extreme caution should be used when giving peppermint tea or any form of peppermint oil to young children or infants as the intense fragrance can cause them to gag or even choke.
Consult a physician before using peppermint if you suffer from gallstones, gallbladder inflammation, obstruction of the bile ducts or liver damage.
History of Peppermint The refreshing taste and smell of this popular perennial herb has been enjoyed by people the world over for thousands of years. We know from records that the ancient Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all grew mint. It has been found in tombs that date as far back as 3000 B.C., and it is known that Jews used mint to cleanse and perfume the air of synagogues.
There are about thirty species of mint, peppermint being one. Until about the 17th century all the different species were used in the same way. Today in the West, peppermint is preferred for medicinal uses, in China Field Mint is used.
Mint has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 2000 years. In Roman times garlands of mint were worn to stimulate the brain. In fact the name 'mint' comes from the Latin 'mente' which means 'thought'. It was also used through the ages as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid.
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