Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses, and its impressively long history often gives it the prestigious title as the worldâ€™s oldest medicine.
Peppermint (Mentha Ã— piperita, also known as Mentha balsamea Willd.) is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species.
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Peppermint (Mentha Ã— piperita, also known as Mentha balsamea Willd.) is a hybrid mint indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species.Peppermint oil is under preliminary research for its potential as a short-term treatment for irritable bowel syndrome and has been used in traditional medicine for a limited number of minor ailments that remain scientifically unconfirmed for effectiveness. Peppermint oil may also act as a carminative, cholagogue, antibacterial, and secretolytic, and it has a cooling action. Externally, peppermint oil has been used for muscle pain, nerve pain and relief from itching.
High doses of peppermint oil (500 mg) can cause mucosal irritation and mimic episodes of heartburn. Usage of peppermint is thought to relax the lower esophageal sphincter, thus causing acid reflux, but a study disproved this theory, making peppermint safe to use as a flavoring in antacid medication. The aroma of peppermint has been studied for possible memory- and alertness-enhancing properties. Peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms. Other uses: muscle pain & sinus reliever, good in joint therapy, hunger cravings reducer, natural energy booster and allergy reliever, good to enhance shampoos to relieve itchy scalp, fever & headache reducer, good for sunburn,IBS treatment improves indigestion and bloating, freshens breath and helps reduce cavities , teething and nausea,benefits your respiratory system, balances hormones and can help in cancer treatment as well. Ref.