The Mint family is amongst the oldest and most reliable of herbal remedies, especially for issues relating to digestion. The famous and ancient herbalist Culpeper quotes an even more ancient herbal authority, Simeon Sethi, in regards to Peppermint, saying that “It helps a cold liver, strengthens the belly, causes digestion, stays vomit, and hiccough. It is good against the gnawing of the heart, provokes the appetite, takes away obstructions of the liver, and stirs up bodily lust.” Apart from that last commendation, most modern herbals recite virtually the same litany.
The popularity of Peppermint is largely based on its volatile oil, which contains an abundance of menthol, a time-honored aid to digestion. Menthol is also a mild antispasmodic which makes it useful for soothing menstrual cramps and nausea. It can create a warm or flushed feeling by stimulating circulation.
Peppermint oil is used in the food industry for flavoring. In some historical herbal lore, peppermint has been referenced as an antispasmodic and expectorant. It was used in comforting the effects of colds, flu, fevers, and flatulent colic. The oil of peppermint contains aromatic compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids.
Like Ginger and Capsicum (an active component of Cayenne), peppermint is a helpful herb catalyst or activator; drinking a cup of Peppermint tea before taking other herbs opens the circulation, and is believed to potentiate the actions of other herbs. It also helps make the disagreeable taste of many herbal formulas a little more palatable.
Peppermint is high or very high in the following nutrients:
- Vitamin A
A Helpful Tip:
A few sprinkles of peppermint placed in picnic baskets or food cabinets makes a useful deterrent to ants.
Note: If you have known diagnosis/health concerns or are on medications, please check with healthcare practitioner before starting to use Peppermint.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Peppermint is not recommended for either pregnancy or lactation. During pregnancy it may be okay to sip weak peppermint tea for morning sickness, but please have your midwife or healthpractitioner clear this before using especially if any history of miscarriage. Peppermint may decrease milk levels and should not be used while breastfeeding.
Storage: Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.