The peppermint herb is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first discovered in 1750 in London, England. Peppermint is now grown throughout the U.S. and Europe. The leaves and stems of peppermint have relatively high oil content and are the part of the plant used medicinally.
Commonly used for digestive assistance, peppermint (Mentha piperita) as an oil can be used topically or ingested to relieve many ailments like gastritis, irritable bowl syndrome, motion sickness, cramps, and many other conditions.
Peppermint is commonly used to sooth gastrointestinal tract by relaxing the muscles in the intestinal wall. It increases the saliva, which increases swallowing making it possible to improve appetite, relieve cramps, and reduce pain associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, or motion sickness. Peppermint has also been used to reduce muscle spasms associated with endoscopy, colonoscopy and barium enemas.
When taken orally as tea or tablets, peppermint is also used for relieving respiratory conditions such as colds, coughing, acute respiratory difficulties, and for bacteria, fungal, and viral infections. It may be inhaled as oil for soothing irritated nasal passages from allergies and can be rubbed on the chest for comfort and relief of other respiratory discomfort.Dosage and Administration
- As a tea soak 1T of dried leaf in 5 or 6 ounces of boiling water for 10-15 min. Remove solid particles. Drink one cup up to 4 times a day.
- As an oil it can be rubbed on the chest or inhaled for respiratory assistance.
- In capsule form it is recommended to use one or two .2ml 3 times a day, 2 hours before eating or as a suppository for muscle cramping.
- For lozenges, follow the directions on the package.