Peppermint – Mentha piperita – Mercury
- square, purple-ish stems – small and dark and leaves
- flowing sprawling habits
- mint smell
Habitat: Europe, Asia – Naturalized in North America. Needs full sun to partial shade – alkaline, rich soil with lots of water. Add nitrogen for an increase of volatile oil. Use drip irrigation for healthier growth. It spreads profusely and doesn’t like extremes
Energetics: Cool (at first) Warming (continued); Drying – yang (varies by species) – fire (varies by species)
Actions: carminative; circulatory stimulant; anti-emetic; astringent; anti-inflammatory; antispasmodic; diaphoretic; antimicrobial; nervine; anti-parasitic; antiseptic; antiviral; stomachic; diuretic; topical analgesic; expectorant
Constituents: phenolic acids (caffeic, chlorgenic, rosmarinic); essential oils (up to 1.5%); majority is menthol, menthone, and methyl acetate; flavonoids (glycosides of apigenin, diosmetin and luteolin); tannins
Medicinal Uses: leaf
- mental lethargy
- topical: fungal infections (not ofr kids)
- common cold, bronchitis, influenza
- nausea, vomiting, spasmodic flatulence
- indigestions (not caused by hiatal hernia)
- Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
- intestinal colic
- motion and morning sickness
- asthma (symptoms and relief)
- dries dampness
- expels phlegm
- clears the head
- add to formulas with laxative herbs to prevent intestinal gripe
- pathogens, including staph, candida, and strep
- warm compress: backpain, joint inflammation, lung infection, sinuitis
- face steam for asthma (and other lung issues), nausea, shock, and sinus congestion
- EO: tooth powder
- overcome lethargy and mental dullness by promoting quick, and clear thinking
- helps user to see a positive future
- helpful for those with excess fear of losing their health, money, or loved ones
- Spearmint is better for cooking than peppermint because it’s less cooling
- hiatal hernia
- bile-duct obstruction
- gallbladder disease
- EO in pregnancy – but leaf is okay in small amounts
- nursing mothers – can dry up breast milk in large amounts.
- with coldness, chills or yin deficiency
Growing Mint is basically the easiest thing ever – it wants to grow.. actually, it wants to dominate the garden. I use her in foot baths, steam baths, swishes and gargles. He’s a great smoking herb and I like to add a bit of mint and sage to my tobacco. I also like to eat a leaf after I smoke to help get rid of smoker’s breath. The essential oil is wonderful in a room spray, on the toothbrush for a minty mouth, and in vinegar to help clean. For stomach aches that are low in the gut, mint certainly helps move it along.
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