Peppermint – Herbs For Alternative Medicine

PEPPERMINT

Claims and Common Uses:

  • Excellent digestive aid and good for nausea and vomiting
  • Beneficial in the treatment of the common cold; eases breathing
  • Excellent for heartburn, stomach ache and abdominal pain
  • Relaxes stomach muscles and promotes burping
  • Leads to improved concentration and a sense of well-being
  • Used to treat headaches, especially when caused by stress
  • External analgesic and nasal decongestant
  • Effective remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spasm of the muscles of the intestine, and colon
  • Helps dissolves gallstones and relieves gas
  • Stimulates bile production by the liver
  • Used topically for musculoskeletal pain
  • Possesses aromatic properties

Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops

Preparations:

  • Peppermint tea (infusion) is most widely used. 1-2 tsp. of the dried leaves per 8 ounces of water.
  • Enteric-coated peppermint oil is best for irritable bowel syndrome

Side Effects and Warnings of Peppermint:

  • Adverse reactions can include heartburn, bradycardia, and muscle tremor.
  • When applied topically can induce contact dermatitis, and hypersensitivity reactions.
  • Oil may irritate mucous membranes
  • Do not use in infants or children. Tea leaves may cause bronchial spasms in small children
  • Overuse leads to relaxation of the lower esophageal spincter.
  • May worsen hiatal hernia symptoms.
  • May cause allergic reactions, contact dermatitis.
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