Thursday, 29 May 2014
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
True peppermint, Mentha piperita, has the highest number of active agents, including the essential oil menthol, which gives the herb its healing powers .
Peppermint tea is also a useful remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms of headaches (including migraines) and stimulate liver** and gall bladder functions. The fresh, spicy aroma of peppermint tea can also counteract motion sickness, and sipping a cup of tea helps to freshen breath.
It also has beneficial properties to colic . It is said that the mint should not be taken by nursing mothers because it stops the milk. It has action against neuralgia and headaches , helps concentration during study and combats stress and tension.
When feeling down or exhausted, mint can act as a stimulant,a cup of mint tea can give a person a pick-me-up in a time of need.
The herb can be used topically or in a tea to alleviate common respiratory symptoms such as congestion, coughing and difficulty breathing caused by obstructed or inflamed passages.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tbs. of dried peppermint leaves picked from your garden, or use a commercially available peppermint tea bag. Steep for 10 min. If desired, sweeten with honey, brown sugar or maple syrup. Drink a cup of the tea in small sips after meals, up to 3 cups a day.
**Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and the essential oil was the most effective therapies for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in a survey of 2500 patients in the British Hospital "St. James , in the scientific journal « British Medical Journal ». It should be noted that irritable bowel syndrome - features whose symptoms are abdominal pain , bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhea - plagued 5-20% of the population .