LATIN NAME: Mentha x piperita
COMMON NAMES: Peppermint
PARTS USED: Leaves
ORIGIN: United States
The oil of peppermint offers its cool, refreshing flavor and unmistakable aroma to a wide variety of foods and beverages. In the western world it is a common ingredient for candies, toothpastes, ice creams, pies and other desserts. The peppermint leaf itself is muddled and added to cocktails, and is a popular ingredient in herbal teas when dried. Peppermint contains an essential oil that is unique among mints for its quality and flavor. Artificial mint compounds do not effectively duplicate the aroma or medicinal properties.
Peppermint is used as an essential oil, taken in capsules, extracts, and most often herbal tea.
- For cramps try boiling peppermint leaves in hot milk.
- Soak cotton balls or rags with peppermint (or clove) oil and place them where ants may be entering or hiding out.
- Take a quick whiff of peppermint oil for nausea.
- Diffuse peppermint oil in aroma lamps to clear the air in stuffy rooms.
- A few drops of peppermint essential oil in a cold compress cools the body and relieves a tension headache.
Aromatherapy, Bronchitis, Cardiovascular, Christmas, Colds, Congestion, Culinary/Kitchen, Fatigue * Flu, Gastritis/ulcer, Halitosis, Headache/Migraine, Herbal Teas, IBS, Insect Repellent, Lice, Nausea, Nerve/Back Pain, Pain Relief, Sinus
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.