gastrointestinal tract as well as for the gallbladder and bile ducts. It is also helpful for symptoms related to digestion problems such as dyspepsia, flatulence, gastritis, and enteritis.
The oil is approved for internal use for spastic discomfort of the upper gastrointestinal system and bile ducts, irritable colon, breathing difficulties, and inflammation of the mouth tissue. Externally, it is approved for muscle pain and neuralgia.
Peppermint oil is effective at protecting food from spoiling, as shown by its amazing ability to stop the growth of Salmonella bacteria. Japanese experiments with a number of foods stored at 86°F (30°C) for two days showed that peppermint oil stopped the growth of Salmonella.
Mentha x piperita
lamb mint, mentha Montana, Lammint, Brandy Mint; Pfefferminze (German); menthe poivree (French); pepermunt (Dutch); menta piperita, menta inglese, menta pepe, menta piperita, menta peperina (Italian); Mieta pieprzowa (Polish); menta, hortela (Spanish); nespereira da Europa, hortela (Portuguese); myata (Russian); yang-po-ho (Chinese); seiyo-hakka (Japanese); na’na, nannaul-habagul hindi (Arabic)
Peppermint’s origins are a mystery, but it has been in existence for a long time – dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from about 1000 BC. lt was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans but only became popular in Western Europe in the 18th century.
Used to flavour everything from chewing gum to medicine. An old, forgotten purpose for peppermint was to use the leaves to scour and clean wooden tables because it left behind a clean, fresh scent that helped the appetite.
essential oil, mentol menthone, fasmone, tannic (labiatic acid), bitter principle
Carminative, Relieves muscle spasms, Increases sweating, Stimulates secretion of bile, Antiseptic.
Temperature: Cool, then warm.
colds, colic, cough, diverticulitis, dizziness, dyspepsia, earache, emphysema, fainting, fatigue, fever, flatulence, flu, gallstones, halitosis, headache, heart palpitations, herpes, hiccups, hives, indigestion, irritable bowel, laryngitis, lung inflammation, measles, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea, rash, sinusitis, sore throat, stomachache, and vomiting
Peppermint is excellent for the digestive system, increasing the flow of digestive juices and bile and relaxing the muscles of the gut. It reduces colic, cramps, and gas, and helps to soothe an irritated bowel. In soothing the lining and muscles of the colon, it helps diarrhea and relieves a spastic colon (often the cause of constipation).
Applied to the skin, peppermint relieves pain and reduces sensitivity. It also relieves headaches and migraines linked to digestive weakness.
Diluted oil is used as an inhalant and chest rub for respiratory infections. The whole herb is important for digestive infections.
Dosage (Divided Daily)
• Dried Herb:6000 – 12,000mg
• Liquid Extract: 2 – 4.5mL (1:2 liquid extract)
Peppermint should be used with care in patients with salicylate sensitivity and aspirin-induced asthma, as well as those with gallstones.
Interactions with other drugs
Potential interaction for concomitant administration of peppermint during iron intake. In anemia and cases for which iron supplementation is required, peppermint should not be taken simultaneously with meals or iron supplements.
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