Botanical: Mentha piperita (SM.)
Family: N.O. Labiatae
Peppermint is the subject of two German Commission E therapeutic
monographs, which find it effective “for spastic complaints of the
gastrointestinal tracts as well as the gallbladder and bile ducts".
The American Botanical Council provided a summary article
supporting the effectiveness of Peppermint for various
indications. These uses include “carminative, antiseptic, and
local anesthetic” and for “indigestion, nausea, sore throat,
diarrhea, headaches, toothaches, and cramps.”
prominent herbalist, David Litell, noted that Peppermint Oil aids
the liver and assists circulation at the capillary level.
prominent herbalist, Joanne Snow, reports that Peppermint Oil is
“used for dyspepsia, flatulence”, citing the British Herbal
Compendium, among other literature.
FDA has not objected to claims that Peppermint is “soothing for
head and digestion” and has a “soothing effect on the stomach.”
References on Peppermint Herb, Menthae Piperitae
Folium (Mentha Piperita L)
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Tonic Herbs.
Aromatic, circulation, concentration,
mental, digestion, energy, mental alertness, vitality.
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Herbal Tonic Therapies.
Tonic, digestion, invorigating mind,
improve mood, relax.
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Tonic Herbs Herbal Tonic Therapies and
Martindale: The Extra - Pharmacopoeia, The Pharmaceutical Press, London
Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the volatile oils. It
has stimulating and
stomachic properties. It is good in raising internal
Mrs. M. Grieve A Modern Herbal.
Tonic, aromatherapy, stomachic.
Peppermint is very important and commonly used.
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