Parts used: Leaves and oil
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, rubefacient, stimulant
Copper, iodine, inositol, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, silicon, sulfur, vitamins A and C
Peppermint leaf is one of the great herbal remedies and useful to have around the house. It is easy to grow, either in the garden or the home. It contains a warming oil that is effective as a nerve stimulant. The oil aids in increasing oxygen in the blood and works to clean and strengthen the entire body. Peppermint works as a sedative on the stomach. It has been found to contain properties that stimulate the flow of bile and help settle the stomach after vomiting. It is beneficial for nausea, chills, colic, fevers, gas and diarrhea. It has a cleansing, soothing and relaxing effect on the body. Herbalists have long recommended peppermint for digestive problems. It is also used for convulsions in infants, to increase respiration, for colds and to strengthen the entire body.
Research has found numerous volatile oils in peppermint that possess antibacterial activity. The oil of peppermint is also thought to soothe gastrointestinal contractions and help relieve gas. The volatile oils produce relaxation of the smooth muscles. This may help with conditions such as irritable bowel, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal complaints.
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