Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: mint, candy mint
PLANT FAMILY: Lamiaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried leaves
OVERVIEW: Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It contains an essential oil that is unique among mints for its quality and flavor. Artificial mint compounds do not effectively duplicate the aroma or medicinal properties.
TRADITIONAL USES: Traditionally known for its healthful properties, it has various applications in food preparation. Peppermint leaf is commonly steeped as tea but is also popular in herbal tea blends and candies.
It is said to aid digestion, and to relieve flatulent dyspepsia (carminative), nausea, and vomiting. It can be mildly stimulating and some companies in Japan are said to introduce peppermint oil into their air conditioning systems to invigorate the workers and increase their productivity.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- Oral use of peppermint products may have adverse effects when used with iron supplements, cyclosporine, heart or blood pressure medications, or medications that manage stomach acid.
- Do not apply to broken or abraded skin
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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