Therapeutic Uses and Benefits of Peppermint
Peppermint as a tea has become very popular and it is thought to have a number of health benefits for variety of ailments such as biliary disorders, dyspepsia, enteritis, ﬂatulence, gastritis, intestinal colic, and spasms of the bile duct, gallbladder and gastrointestinal tract.
When the steam from the tea is inhaled it can ease sinus congestion and the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose and throat.
It was also found to have a higher free radical scavenging capacity than other species in the genus Mentha and off all tea infusions, it was the peppermint tea that was found to have the greatest antioxidant capacities.
It has been noted that peppermint may have cancer-fighting and anti-tumor abilities. It was shown to significantly suppress the effect of okadaic acid which promotes tumor formation. It has also been suggested that peppermint can play a role as an anti-allergenic. The herb has been shown to inhibit influenza virus reproduction, reducing the infectiousness.
Preparation and Dosage
The leaves are dried for teas and flavoring and steeped in boiling water. Generally, 1-2 grams of the herb is recommended, 3-4 times per day.
Safety and Side Effects of Peppermint
Individuals with achlorhydria, biliary or gall bladder obstruction, or gallstones, acid reflux or issues of the esophagus should not use peppermint.
The leaf contains tannins which if overly consumed can cause liver damage.
Menthol products should not be given to young children because nasal preparations could cause gagging, or spasms of the glottis, resulting in airway obstructions.
Health Benefits: good for cramps and stomach pain, relieves gas, aids in digestion, reduces sick feeling, relieves stress and promotes mental
Taste: pungent – Nature: cool