Peppermint has an analgesic, antispasmodic and warming effect on the body.
Peppermint is used as a digestive aid for conditions such as poor appetite, vomiting, colic, nausea, diarrhea, irritable bowel, gas, heartburn, stomachache and intestinal cramping. Peppermint is also useful for gingivitis, tension headaches and is widely used as a flavoring in food and in cosmetics.
* Peppermint tea can be taken between meals to assist digestion, 1 tablespoon of dried herb steeped in 250 ml boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes. Other tablets and extracts should be used according to label instructions.
* Essential oil of peppermint (3 – 5:100) can be used in carrier oil and massaged in a clockwise direction on to the abdomen for abdominal complaints. For winter warming and muscular aches, peppermint oil can be added to a warm bath (3 drops). It can be used as an inhalant for nasal congestion and sinusitis. Use 6 drops in very hot water and inhale the vapors.
* Peppermint oil blends very well with other essential oils especially lavender. These two oils can be used in a cold compress for migraines and headaches.
* Inhale peppermint oil directly from the bottle or in a burner (6 drops) for nausea, shock, fainting, fatigue and to generally clear the head.
* Peppermint taken internally may reduce the absorption of iron.
* Avoid using peppermint at night as it may cause wakefulness.
* Do not use peppermint with homeopathic remedies unless specifically recommended by your qualified health care professional.
* If using peppermint in a steam inhalation, be sure to keep the eyes well closed or covered.
* Do not use essential oil of peppermint during pregnancy.