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PEPPERMINT
(Mentha piperita)

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PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint

DESCRIPTION: Peppermint is a hybrid mint cross between spearmint and watermint indigenous to Europe and the Middle East it is now grown everywhere and thrives in moist conditions along stream banks. Peppermint oil and tea extracts are the most commonly used form of the herb for medicinal purposes

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Often used in aromatherapy the essential oil as well as taken in extracts, capsules and herbal tea. Used to treat many illnesses such as bronchitis, colds, flu, and congestion. Aids in the digestion process and can treat IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, ulcers, and nausea. Also effective on headaches and migraines along nerve and back pain and overall pain relief. Used to treat sinus issues and is also a great insect repellant.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Peppermint oil can cause skin irritation it not diluted properly. Use the oil in moderation.

PARTS USED: whole herb

GENERAL USAGE: Commonly used as an analgesic but also used as antifungal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, insect repellant, nervine, refrigerant, skin tonic, and stimulant.

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