Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
With its pleasant and cooling scent, peppermint is a constant presence in my kitchen. I use it for salads, cocktails and herbal teas.Peppermint is the first treatment that I think when it comes to diarrhea.
It is helpful primarily in digestive disorders such as gastrointestinal disorders (vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence or intense movements of the intestines which are heard by the patient, cramps etc..) and hepatobiliary disorders, biliary calculus, diseases of the pancreas.
The plant has the power to reduce muscle contractions that cause gas, bloating and abdominal swelling. It maintains the liver health and does wonders for indigestion and vomiting.
Peppermint is a great natural remedy for headaches. Peppermint oil soothes headaches and migraines when applied to the temples and neck.
It is an excellent tonic and stimulant of the nervous system with special effects in periods of over-intellectual, stress and asthenia.
It is also recommended in respiratory problems, colds, asthma or bronchitis . In this cases therapists are recommending inhalations.
Peppermint gives good results in the treatment of states of agitation. To have a quiet sleep, it is recommended a cup of peppermint tea (infusion) in the evening before bedtime.
Massaging of the temples with peppermint oil diluted in olive oil removes nervous tension caused by fatigue and lack of sleep.
Peppermint has antiseptic properties (fights infection); it is astringent (it cleans and closes the pores); depurative (promotes removal of toxins from the body). It has also cicatrizate properties and painkiller effect.
Peppermint leafs contain menthol and other substances with important therapeutic properties, such as tannin (12% in the form of coffee acid), vitamin C, organic acids, minerals and antibiotic substances.
Peppermint leafs is given either in the form of infusion or powder. Infusion or herbal tea is prepared from a teaspoon of leaves and 200 ml of hot water. To obtain maximum therapeutic effect, infusion should not be sweetened.
Peppermint administration is contraindicated in patients with gastritis, ulcers or gastroesofagian reflux because it may cause burns.
Peppermint must not be used with small children because it can cause poisoning or spasmodic contraction of bronchi.
Volatile oil of peppermint should be used with caution, because it can cause irritation if it is not diluted. To avoid this undesirable effect is recommended mixing it with olive oil.
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