The mint family includes the plant known as peppermint (Mentha x piperita). It is an organic cross between wild mint and spearmint. Both the leaf and the oil have medicinal uses.
To treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), medical specialist generally utilise peppermint – normally as an oil. Additionally, it is used for a variety of conditions, but many of these lack strong scientific backing, including indigestion, bed sores, tension headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, memory, and others.
Other mint plants, such as English Horsemint, Japanese Mint, Perilla, Salvia divinorum, Spearmint, and Wild Mint should not be confused with peppermint. They are very diferent plants.
Traditional therapeutic use
This is a list is of the traditional, complementary medicinal uses of peppermint, as a tea, poultice, gel and oil. There is no way of telling how much active ingredient is in a tea or oil as the growing conditions, age of the sample and preparation can all make a difference. As with all herbal treatments, the herbs work in balance with your body, but you should always talk with your doctor or health professional if in doubt.
- Appetite enhancer.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
- Gallbladder enhancer – peppermint is an ingredient of a treatment herbal tea mix for this condition.
- Digestive and flatulence issues.
- Metabolic regulator.
- Refreshing tonic.
- Oral inflammation such as gingivitis with a mouthwash.
- Reduce nausea.
- Itch reduction, skin cooling and anti-inflammatory caused by insect bites and rheumatic pain.
- Anti-inflammation and local anaesthetic.
- Menthol: Menthol is the most well-known active compound in peppermint. It provides the characteristic cooling and soothing sensation when consumed or applied topically. Menthol also has various medicinal properties, such as relieving pain and soothing sore throats.
- Menthone: Menthone is another major component responsible for the minty flavor of peppermint. It is commonly used in the production of peppermint oil.
- 1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol): 1,8-Cineole is an essential oil found in peppermint that contributes to its aroma and taste. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Limonene: Limonene is a natural compound found in peppermint that contributes to its citrusy aroma. It may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rosmarinic Acid: This polyphenolic compound is found in various herbs, including peppermint, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may play a role in the potential health benefits of peppermint.
- Flavonoids: Peppermint contains various flavonoids, including hesperidin and luteolin, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Tannins: Tannins are polyphenolic compounds that can be found in peppermint and contribute to its astringent taste. They may have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
- Terpenes: Peppermint also contains various terpenes, including beta-pinene and alpha-pinene, which contribute to its aroma and potential health benefits.
May cause vision problems when used for extended periods of time.
Pure menthol is not to be used with children under 6 years of age.
Not recommended for people with high blood pressure.
Can cause heartburn, headaches and mouth sores if taken in large quantities.
Our plants are harvested during particular seasons, and times of the day and according to the lunar calendar to ensure the plants or parts of it have the highest nutritional value. For example, roots are picked on a waning moon. Once harvested, they are packaged by hand because we try to avoid using metal equipment and utensils that could reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.
Because these products do contain active ingredients, please ensure that you do not exceed the recommended doses and if in any doubt, or if you experience any side effects – however slight – please consult your doctor or healthcare professional.
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