PEPPERMINT (Mentha × piperita): Benefits, uses and virtues of Peppermint? Medicinal properties? Methods of ingestion? Side-effects of Peppermint? Origins, Composition, Expert Opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Peppermint.
- 1 Peppermint: Medicinal properties
- 2 Peppermint: Origins
- 3 Peppermint: Composition
- 4 Peppermint: Methods of ingestion
- 5 Peppermint: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
- 6 Peppermint: Side-effects, contraindications
- 7 Peppermint: Opinions of experts
- 8 Peppermint: Other information
- 9 Peppermint: Combination with other plants
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a hybrid mint, a cross between water mint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). Its usage in Europe is becoming more and more widespread thanks to its benefits for the digestive system and for certain problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. However it is easy to forget one of its foremost benefits: its capacity for balancing the nervous system.
Peppermint: Medicinal properties
Balancing – Anti-stress – Anti-inflammatory
- powerful analgesic : reduces pain
- anti-stress, rejuvenating (synergy with Ashwagandha and Rhodiola)
- relief from fatigue and overwork
- anti-depressant, balances the nervous system
- relief from headaches, migraines, coughs (essential oils) (synergy with Guarana)
- balancing / refreshing
- bad breath (synergy with Propolis)
- relaxes the muscles, relieves muscular spasms
- general anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
- protects respiratory tract, fights colds
Digestion – Irritable bowel syndrome
- irritable bowel syndrome (taken as capsules)
- gastrointestinal inflammation (synergy with Turmeric)
- indigestion, nausea, vomiting
- Crohn’s disease (synergy with Turmeric and Cannabis)
- antispasmodic, antiseptic and analgesic
- reduces gas, bloating, spasms
- gastrointestinal poisoning
- reduces intestinal pains
- facilitates digestion
- stimulates the stomach and gall bladder
- oral hygiene
Skin – Eczema – Inflammation
- treats eczema (internal and external use) (synergy with Turmeric)
- inflammation and irritation of the skin (synergy with Aloe Vera)
- softens and protects skin
- soothes mosquito bites, keeps mosquitoes away see
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) originated in the Middle East and Asia. It is a cross between water mint and spear mint. Peppermint is currently cultivated in every region in the world. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used peppermint, not necessarily for medicinal purposes, but to flavor, purify and odorise their food as well as their places of dwelling.
Peppermint is rich in antioxidants: tannins, flavonoids 18%, as well as a small amount of vitamin C.
Peppermint: Methods of ingestion
Peppermint is found in herbal teas, in infusions, and in the form of essential oils and capsules. For digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, it is recommended to ingest the plant in the form of capsules. It is also possible to put 1-2 drops of essential oils on a lump of sugar.
Peppermint: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
Peppermint is most often used to treat digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, however it is also very useful for migraines and headaches, and for returning balance to the nervous system. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are also considerable.
Peppermint: Side-effects, contraindications
Peppermint is a safe plant and side-effects are rare. However it is not advised to take peppermint in the form of essential oils with sugar for too long, as it can irritate the stomach in the long term.
Peppermint: Opinions of experts
Peppermint is not in fact the most efficient plant for treating digestive problems; however, it is becoming more and more widely used in Europe for this effect.
Cinnamon, Thyme, Bilberries or Activated carbon can be effective supplements for treating chronic or temporary diarrhea. On the other hand, the powerful effects of peppermint for the nervous system are often underestimated, despite their significant balancing effects.
Peppermint: Other information
Peppermint was reportedly used by some herbalists in Roman times as an anaphrodisiac. However, this usage has never been confirmed.
Peppermint: Combination with other plants
Peppermint works very well with Rhodiola and Ashwagandha (stress, sleep, memory) and Ginseng (concentration, memory, vitality, energy), but also with Thyme, Eucalyptus (respiratory tracts, bronchi, oral hygiene, digestion) Lemon Balm, Cannabis (nervous balance, sleep, protection of the stomach), Turmeric (protection of the liver, stomach, intestines), Aloe Vera (skin repair, skin diseases), Guarana (alertness, concentration, headache), Camomile (skin, digestion), Ginkgo Biloba (cerebral circulation, protect from cardio-vascular disease, combats cell degeneration) Bilberries, Activated Carbon (diarrhea), Liquorice, Meadowsweet (protection of the stomach).
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