Common Names: Balm Mint, Brandy Mint, Curled Mint, Lamb Mint, Lammint, Phudina (Sanskrit Name), Wu-Pa-Ho (Chinese Name)
Scientific Name: Mentha Piperita L., Labiatae, Mint Family
Common Uses: Increases stomach acidity, irritates mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract. Use for chills, colic, fever, nausea, diarrhea, heart trouble, rheumatism, convulsions, spasms, dizziness, vomiting, travel sickness, dysentery, cholera, dysmenorrhea, palpitations of the heart, the grippe, hysteria, insomnia, neuralgia, and headaches. Used for colds, flu, sore throat, laryngitis, gas and mild digestive disorders. Extracts experimentally effective against herpes simplex, Newcastle disease, and other viruses. The oil stops spasms of smooth muscles. Externally, helps rheumatism, neuralgia, headaches, and migraines. Peppermint teais a valuable old-time beverage which tends to relieve stomach gas, flatulence, and resultant distress. As a harmless, caffeine-free beverage it will not cause restlessness or keep you awake at night. A wholesome tisane for every member of the family. For young children, 1 or 2 tbsp. of the tea can be sweetened with honey. When queasiness, nausea, a feeling of fullness, or severe vomiting are presenting problems, a single cup of peppermint tea, drunk in sips and as warm as possible, will dispel these acute disturbances. Peppermint tea promotes bile flow, improves bile production in the liver, and also exercises a positive influence on pancreatic function. Avoid peppermint in all forms if internal ulcers are present.
*Warnings: May interfere with iron absorption. Oil is toxic if taken internally in large doses; causes dermatitis. Avoid prolonged use of the essential oil as an inhalant. Mint should not be given to children for more than a week at a time without a break. Do not give any form of mint directly to young babies. Peppermint can reduce milk flow; take internally with caution if breast feeding. Check with your pediatrician before giving peppermint to a child.
Origin: Eastern United States and in Europe.