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Plant Profile: 薄荷 (Bòhé) Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)


For many centuries, peppermint has been used widely for digestive issues.


Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Herbal Profile

Common Name: Peppermint

Scientific Name: Mentha x piperita

Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Parts Used: Leaves

Uses:

  • Indigestion

  • Tension headache

  • Relaxes colon

  • Reduces stomach pain, bloating, gas, and bowel movements in people with IBS.


Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Essential Oil Profile

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

Note: Middle-Top

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.

  • Put a few drops in your home diffuser, car diffuser, essential oil necklace, or bracelet: peppermint oil is energizing and stimulating.

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

Functions:

  • Dispel Wind-Heat

  • 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

  • Depression Relief

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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References:

  1. Worwood, V. (1991) The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

  2. Black and Butje, Aromahead Institute (2015) Essential Oil Data Sheet​

  3. Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014) Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.​

  4. Johnson, R., Foster, S., Low Dog, T. M.D., Kiefer, D., M.D. (2010) Guide to Medicinal Herbs

  5. WebMD.com

  6. http://yibian.hopto.org

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