Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint is a perennial herbaceous hybrid mint, a cross between water mint and spearmint, and is native only to Britain and Europe, though cultivation of the plant is today worldwide.

Peppermint: Latin name: (Genus) Mentha; (Species) M. piperita.

Traditionally used to aid digestion, Peppermint tea makes an ideal after-meal drink.

Peppermint is recognised as a mild anaesthetic, and as such is known to soothe irritation in the stomach.

For this reason Peppermint is indicated in the treatment of various gastric complaints, including indigestion, flatulence, sickness, intestinal colic and irritable bowel syndrome.

Perhaps more surprisingly, this popular aromatic herb has also shown promising radioprotective effects in cancer patients undergoing treatment (ref: cancerjournal.net).

Other conditions for which Peppermint is indicated today include gastroenteritis (or stomach flu) and other gastro-intestinal infections; morning sickness and travel sickness; and relief from nasal congestion, catarrh, and minor respiratory conditions when inhaled (due to the herb’s menthol ingredient).

Also, according to the consensus in herbal medicine, Peppermint can be particularly effective in the relief of premenstrual tension.

Directions for use: Add nearly boiling water to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Peppermint, allow to brew, then simply strain and enjoy.

For further information on the properties and use of Peppermint we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.