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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Peppermint Also known as; mint, candy mint LATIN NAME:Mentha x piperita 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. It is used for its healthful properties and has many applications in food. Peppermint leaf is commonly steeped as tea but is also popular in herbal tea blends and candies. Traditional uses include; to aid digestion (stomachic), to help relieve flatulent dyspepsia (carminative), nausea and vomiting. It can be mildly stimulating and some companies in Japan are said to pipe peppermint oil into their AC system to invigorate the workers and increase productivity. PREPARATIONS:Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1 tsp dried herb. Let stand 5-10 minutes. DOSAGE: Children 2-4 years: 0.2 - 2 Grams per day, leaf. Children and adolescents 5-9 years: 0.3 - 3 Grams per day. Adolescents 10-14 years: 0.6 - 6 Grams per day. Adults 15 and over: 1.2 - 12 Grams per day. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Oral use of peppermint products may have adverse effects when used with iron supplements, cyclosporine, medicines for heart conditions or high blood pressure, or medicines to decrease stomach acid. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have anemia, gallstones, hiatus hernia, or gastroesophageal reflux. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. 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. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=144&lang=eng