Plant Profile: 薄荷 (Bòhé) Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
For many centuries, peppermint has been used widely for digestive issues.
Common Name: Peppermint
Scientific Name: Mentha x piperita
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Parts Used: Leaves
Reduces stomach pain, bloating, gas, and bowel movements in people with IBS.
Peppermint essential oil can help improve circulation to the areas of application. It creates a cooling and numbing sensation on the skin when low concentrations are applied. Peppermint is useful for local applications for pain relief.
Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Ketones, Esters, Oxides
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Essential Oil Highlights:
Peppermint essential oil has a very strong menthol, fresh aroma.
The cooling effect of Peppermint contracts and tightens the tissues. It is also known for its ability to increase circulation to the areas of application to ease pain.
Peppermint essential oil is a good digestive. It is commonly used for counteracting nausea.
Clears the mind and breath
Safety: May cause skin or mucous membrane irritation. Do not apply near the face of infants or children. Avoid the use of peppermint essential oil in case of cardiac fibrillation.
Peppermint essential oil blends well with herbal oil, especially Thymes, Lavender, Rosemary, and Geranium, and with citrus oil such as Lemon.
Here are just some of the many ways you can use your Peppermint essential oil:
Relief congestion - Boil a bowl of water. Add peppermint oil to the hot water and breathe in the steam. You can also put a few drops of peppermint oil in an inhaler to help with respiratory congestion.
Use for digestive support - Make a cool compress for upset stomach, gas, bloat, colic, trapped gas, nausea, vomiting.
Headaches, pain relief - blend peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply topically.
Peppermint essential oil is an active ingredient in these azendea products:
Traditional Chinese Medicine Profile
Meridians: Large Intestine, Liver, Stomach
Channels: Lung, Liver
Properties: Spicy, Cooling
Clearing of the Head and Eyes
Dispersing Stagnation of the Liver and Relieves Depressions
Benefits/Uses (in combination with other herbs):
Cooling for internal heat in the upper body and fever relief (combined with
Headache Relief and Sore
Relieves skin itch
Menstruation blood stagnation
Often blends with: 銀花 (Yin Hua Lonicera japonica Thunb)、連翹 (Lian Qiao Forsythia suspensa), 麥冬 (Mai Dong Ophiopogon japonicus)
Caution: - Not suitable for yang deficient body type who already sweat a lot and are weaker in qi - If you are on Low blood pressure medication, use with caution as peppermint has the affect of lowering blood pressure as well - Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Peppermint oil and leaf might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications - If you are on antacids, some peppermint oil products are covered with a special coating. Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Low stomach acid can cause the coating of these peppermint oil products to dissolve too quickly. When peppermint oil products dissolve too quickly they can sometimes cause heartburn and nausea
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