Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant though mainly found in Europe is now cultivated all over the world. Peppermint has a long tradition of use in medicines and as a flavoring agent.
Peppermint aroma is found to enhance memory.
Peppermint is used as tea, or as a flavoring agent in ice-creams, confectionary, chewing gum, and toothpaste.
It is also used in shampoos, which gives the hair a minty scent and in soaps which produces a cooling sensation on the skin.
Peppermint aids in digestion, it calms the stomach muscles and improves the flow of bile.
Peppermint relieves flatulence and bloating.
Studies show that enteric coated peppermint capsules help treat the condition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Skin irritations caused by poison ivy, hives, are soothed by the local application of peppermint.
Peppermint oil applied locally to the forehead reduces headaches.
Peppermint is an effective decongestant.
Peppermint shows promise as potential anti cancer agent.
Peppermint aids breathing in asthma, and colds.
Peppermint is also a rich source of nutrients.
Peppermint is also used to treat nausea.
Peppermint flowers are large nectar producers, and it produces a mild pleasant honey.
Tea- I tsp of dried peppermint leaves brewed in water for 10 mins, Strain and cool. Four to five times per day in between meals.
Enteric coated capsules, 1-2 capsules three times a day for IBS.
Use a tincture of 10% peppermint to 90% ethanol for headaches, by applying on the forehead and allowing to evaporate.
For skin irritations apply a peppermint based cream no more than 3-4 times daily.
Peppermint should not be taken if you suffer from gastroesophegal reflux disease.
Peppermint increases gallstones.
Large dose of peppermint is toxic.
Peppermint reacts with certain allopathic medicines which you may be taking.
Peppermint interferes with diabetic and high blood pressure medications.
Peppermint may also cause heartburn and acidity.