Peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint and it’s botanical name is Mentha Piperita. The plants grow easily and can be easily grown in small pots. If you grow your own peppermint, dry the leaves till they are completely free of moisture and store in an airtight box.
If you have dry leaves at home, you can make peppermint tea any time. Peppermint has a strong refreshing menthol odor and it also has anti microbial properties which is the main reason it is used so widely in dental preparations. Peppermint has anti microbial, anti viral, antioxidant, anti tumor, analgesic and anti allergic properties.
Peppermint Common Names:
Peppermint Essential Oil:
We can either use peppermint in the form of peppermint essential oil or the dried leaves. I would suggest always stocking a bottle of peppermint essential oil at home, it can be used in shampoos, lotions, lip balms, ointments and in remedies. You can also buy peppermint oil capsules which is usually consumed for treating irritable bowel syndrome though I would suggest drinking peppermint tea.
But when planning on taking the capsules try to buy capsules that are enteric coated (which does not dissolve in the stomach instead dissolves in the intestines) as peppermint oil can aggravate heart burn if released in the stomach. But don’t take enteric coated peppermint capsules while suffering from diarrhea and take the tablets in an empty stomach (10 minutes before food) and consume with less water to prevent breakage in the stomach.
You can also easily make your own peppermint tea at home. To make the peppermint tea, boil water and pour over the required amount of dried leaves, let steep in a tea pot for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. A very soothing tea to drink when we suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, nausea or headache.
Peppermint Side Effects:
5 top Medicinal Uses Of Peppermint:
1. Peppermint Oil For Pain Relief:
Peppermint is great for relieving sore muscles especially if combined along with other anti inflammatory ingredients like ginger. To make the massage oil, take fresh ginger root, remove the skin and pound it in a mortar and pestle. Heat 1/4 cup coconut oil with the pounded ginger to infuse and let cool. Once warm add 6 to 7 drops of peppermint essential oil. To use gently massage the affected area with this oil….
2. Peppermint Tea For IBS, Headache & Cold:
This tea is wonderful when taken when one is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It can be had when suffering from cold or headache too. To make the peppermint tea, boil water and pour over fresh or dried leaves, let steep and strain. Add honey to taste….
3. Peppermint Oil For Hair Growth:
Peppermint oil promotes hair growth and it has been proven through scientific research. You can read the study here. Though the study was done on mice, what is very significant is peppermint oil promoted hair growth more than minoxidil which is only one of the FDA approved topical medicines for promoting hair growth! To use peppermint oil for promoting hair growth, you can massage scalp with unrefined coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil or mix in peppermint oil along with shampoo before having hair wash….
4. Peppermint Oil Mouthwash:
I would suggest you try this mouth wash at home especially if you are suffering mouth odor or bleeding gums. You can also make and store it in the refrigerator and use it daily. To make the mouth wash, pound a handful of fresh peppermint, sea salt and 3 cloves coarsely in a mortar and pestle. Boil water along with the pounded mixture, let cool and bottle it. Use it every night before going to bed, you won’t be buying commercial mouthwashes again….
5. Peppermint As an Insect Repellent:
You can mix peppermint essential oil in water and use as an insecticide, it will also repel mosquitoes. You can also take the dry peppermint leaves in a muslin cloth bag along with few drops of peppermint oil and place it in cupboards and shelves to prevent insects…