Herbal Medicine: Peppermint

In lieu of this month’s theme on digestion at Naturmend, here are a few facts about a popular herb…Mentha piperita or peppermint!

Peppermint comes from the Lamiaceae family of herbs. Minimal sunlight and fertile soil creates an optimal environment for this beautiful plant to thrive.

In Botanical Medicine, peppermint is classified as a carminative, which means that it “helps to expel gas from the intestines”.

It is the aerial part of this plant and the oil that holds its active medicinal constituents:

  • Menthol
  • Essential oils
  • Menthone

Here are some conditions and symptoms that peppermint can be beneficial for:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Intestinal pain or colic
  • Nausea in pregnancy
  • Motion sickness
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Peppermint is best administered via an infusion (as a tea) or as an essential oil (do not administer any sort of essential oil orally or directly to skin).

Consult a Naturopathic Doctor to ensure that any herb you decide on taking is appropriate and that it’s method of administration is safe for you!

 

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