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Peppermint, Mentha x piperita
Parts used: Herb.
Constituents: Volatile oils, Flavonoids, Tannins, Bitter principle.
Actions: Carminative, Anti-spasmodic, Analgesic, Uterine Relaxant, Antiseptic local, Anti-pruritic local, Anti-microbial, Anti-emetic, Relaxant, Diaphoretic, Hypertensive, Choleretic, Cholagogue, Hepatic.
Indications:
Colic, dyspepsia, indigestion, IBS, IBD, ulcerative colitis, helps heal ulcers.
Acute colitis, gallbladder colic or cholelithiasis, spasmodic dysmenorrhoea.
Neuralgia, sciatica, toothache, fibromyalgia.
Dysmenorrhoea.
Shingles, chicken pox, itchy bites, cooling, sore muscles.
Acne, boils, eczema.
Cystitis, prostatitis, herpes simplex, shingles, viral neuritis.
Travel sickness, nausea, anxiety stress, and tension headaches.
Fevers, colds, and flu, bronchitis esp. with wheezing.
Or stimulant to circulation, and liver, gallbladder, pancreas, cerebral.
Galls stones, cholecystitis, dissolves stones, caution only use on gravel stones, large stone may block duct as they dissolve (excessive lactation?) Hepatitis, liver congestion.
Herbal extract 1:5, 10-30mL per week.
Energetics: Initially heating then cooling, dry, sweet, pungent.
Meridians: lung, spleen, liver.
Contraindications: Essential oil use is contraindicated in pregnancy. Herb ok for use in morning sickness with caution contains pulegone in small quantities (Abortifacient).