peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

wild peppermint (Mentha x piperita) leaves healthy natural medicinal herbs condiments spices

« As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat »

Common name(s): peppermint


Family: Lamiaceae


Origin: Mediterranean Europe, Middle East


Parts used: aerial


Constituents: volatile oil (methol, menthone and jasmone) tannins, bitter, phenolic acids (rosmarinic, chlorogenic, caffeic), flavonoids (luteolin, rutin, hesperidin), gum, resins, nutrients (carotenes, choline, vitamin E, minerals)


Therapeutic actions: carminative, antispasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, nervine, anti-septic, analgesic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, anti-tussive


Organs or systems affected: digestive system, blood, respiratory system, central nervous system, immune system


Main medicinal uses:

  • balances bodily fluids
  • relieves headaches, muscle and nerve pain
  • calms stomach muscles
  • fights intestinal colic and flatulence
  • boosts immune system

Counterindications: Peppermint is believed to be generally safe when consumed in amounts normally found in foodThe essential oil present side effects if used in large quantities. Headaches, heart burn, and allergic reactions may occur with excessive use


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