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PEPPERMINT, MINT & MENTHOL DESCRIPTION
The French called Mint "the plant of happiness," and the Roman scholar Pliny said the mere smell of Mint could invigorate the soul. The ancient Greeks used this fragrant herb in their temple rite and as a symbol of hospitality. In the 1600s, Peppermint was deliberately bred in England, and became the tasty plant known so well today, but only became important medicinally around the 18th century. There are many species of Mint; however, the Peppermint and Japanese Mints are the most economically important. Both of them contain Menthol, which is the primary medicinal benefit of this plant. Menthol promotes digestion by stimulating the flow of bile to the stomach, and it also calms the muscles of the digestive system to help relieve stomach upsets. Spearmint does not contain Menthol and is used mainly for flavoring.
PEPPERMINT, MINT & MENTHOL USES
As a home remedy, Peppermint is used for indigestion, flatulence, and colic. Chewing fresh Mint leaves will get rid of stale breath. Mint tea works well in treating colds, sore throat, minor mouth or throat irritations, headaches and migraines, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and stomachache.
PEPPERMINT TEA BOOSTS OVERALL HEALTH
Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing way to boost your overall health in a number of ways, due to its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aids in weight loss and boosts the immune system. Its impact on the digestive system is considerable, and its base element of menthol is perhaps the most valuable part of its organic structure.
Peppermint tea is an infusion made from peppermint leaves that is consumed as a tea. When you mix Spearmint leaves to the infusion, then you have a doublemint tea. Peppermint is caffeine-free, so many people who suffer from sensitive sleep patterns like to drink this relaxing tea before bed.
The scientific name of peppermint is Mentha piperita, and is actually a cross between water mint and spearmint. It is native to Europe, but its popularity and wide range of uses has made peppermint a global commodity. Peppermint tea is similarly enjoyed around the world. Peppermint oil is a popular form of medicinal treatment, particularly for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Similar effects are seen from ingesting peppermint tea.
Peppermint Essential Oil has been recognized by Germany's Commission E as effective in treating colicky pain in the digestive tract, specifically irritable bowel syndrome, and in relieving mucus congestion of the lungs and sinuses caused by colds and flu. Some evidence suggests it might be helpful for gallstones and in treating candida infections, but results are not complete at this time. Menthol has antispasmodic qualities that may help relieve menstrual cramps. It is also found in products used for the relief of muscle aches, sprains, and similar conditions.
The mentholated flavor is very appealing to many people, making this one of the more popular tea varieties in the world. Tea is known to be soothing and has other benefits and medical applications.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEPPERMINT TEA
Fever Reducer: When we think of the sharp, cool effect of menthol, we don’t necessarily think of a hot cup of tea, but peppermint tea has menthol as a main component, so drinking the tea can cause external sweating, while the menthol cools down your body inside. This essentially “breaks” a fever, and can reduce the associated inflammation and discomfort.
Digestive Health: Peppermint oil and peppermint tea have been used for thousands of years to sort out a variety of digestive and gastrointestinal conditions. Archaeological evidence actually shows peppermint being used as far back as 10,000 years ago as a dietary supplement. Peppermint tea is considered a carminative, meaning that it helps to move gas through the body as it accumulates, rather than causing bloating, cramping, and stomach discomfort. The tea also stimulates bile flow to increase the rate and efficiency of digestion and promote healthy bowel movements. It is not only a carminative, but also a analgesic, so it reduces the associated pain of cramps, bloating, and indigestion. This is due to its calming effects on the intestines and smooth muscles of the digestive tract. Diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation can all be improved with this tea, as it brings the entire system to more optimal activity levels.
Nausea & Vomiting: When it comes to being sick, few things are as unpleasant as being nauseous or vomiting. Peppermint tea is antispasmodic, so it reduces the chances of vomiting and nausea, even in cases of motion sickness on a boat or a plane. It also reduces the stomachaches and queasiness associated with motion sickness, and its anti-inflammatory qualities can return your stomach to normal.
Respiratory Issues: As an antispasmodic, it can also relieve you of that irritating sensation that makes you want to cough, thereby exacerbating your respiratory condition. By relaxing the muscles of the throat and chest, you can eliminate that aspect of cold and flu symptoms.
Immune System: Peppermint tea has known antibacterial properties, which are the cause of so many illnesses, including fevers, coughs, and colds. Not only can drinking this delicious tea help you treat the symptoms of being ill, it can also prevent your body from getting sick in the first place. There are also trace elements of vitamin B, potassium, antioxidants and calcium, which can help your body uptake nutrients to fight off illness and perform necessary function to keep your body working in a healthy way.
Bad Breath: The strong, mentholated flavor and antibacterial quality of peppermint tea make it an ideal way of improving your breath. The antibacterial element kills the germs that can lead to halitosis, while the menthol overwhelms the foul smell and leaves your breath fresh and clean.
Weight Loss: The aroma of peppermint oil and some of its organic components can actually eliminate the appetite, so smelling this substance can help reduce overeating, and subsequently, obesity.
Stress Levels: The natural sedative and antispasmodic nature of menthol makes it very good at relieving mental stress. The anti-inflammatory nature can reduce blood pressure and body temperature, and allow you to unwind and relax, letting your cares melt away. This is part of the reason why peppermint oil is so popular in aromatherapy, but the effects from peppermint tea are very similar.
PEPPERMINT TEA RECIPES
Peppermint tea is an herbal tea made from steeped Peppermint, (Mentha piperita) leaves and/or stems. It is a very soothing, delicious tea that refreshes both your body and your spirit. You can make your tea using dry leaves, or with one of the several other ways suggested here.
HARVESTING FRESH PEPPERMINT
Select some choice peppermint leaves from your plant. Lay them on a large tray in the direct sunlight. Rip the lives into several pieces, spreading them out on the tray and leave for 24 hours to dry. Check the leaves. They should be dry and crunchy. If the leaves are not ready, let them sit for another 24 hours.
PREPARING PEPPERMINT HERBAL TEA
Boil water, remove from heat. Pour the boiling water over about two tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves. Cover and allow to steep for ten to twenty minutes, adding about five fresh bruised leaves of peppermint and/or Spearmint. Pour brewed leafy tea into strainer over a mug. The tea should be in the mug free of leaves. It should have a pleasant minty aroma. Add Honey or other sweetener, if desired. Enjoy.
TEA MAKING TIPS
Peppermint tea calms your bowels as well and aids in digestion. Soothing for upset stomachs and nausea. In some studies, both peppermint and spearmint have be known to reduce excess body hair on women, such as facial, because of lowering androgen levels in the body. The mint in this tea will help open up your sinuses, so it is good for runny or stuffed up noses. This tea is good for stomachaches. You can also make tea straight from non-dried leaves, though it is not necessarily recommended. Also try Agave Nectar as a sweetener. It is better if you are diabetic. Sweeteners can include rapadura sugar substitute, honey, syrup, stevia, etc.
COLD & FLU PEPPERMINT BLEND TEA RECIPE
1 tablespoon Elder Flowers
1 tablespoon Peppermint
1 tablespoon white Yarrow
1 tablespoon Feverfew
Pour 2 cups boiling water over the herb mix. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain, sweeten, and drink hot. This recipe helps to break a fever by causing the patient to perspire. The yarrow acts as a pain reliever and makes the patient more comfortable. If the cold is not severe, you need add only 1 teaspoon of the herb mixture to 1 cup of boiling water. Eases the patient and helps to dispel mucus.
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PEPPERMINT, MINT & MENTHOL DOSAGE
Mint and Menthol comes in various forms and is an ingredient in numerous products. The exact optimal dosage of peppermint is not known, and the numbers reflect a menthol content somewhere between 33 to 50-percent.
Normal dosage taken for Peppermint Tea is one to two cups prepared tea, as needed. Unlike using essential oil, overdosing resulting in side effects is rare when taken as a prepared herbal tea.
When treating irritable bowel syndrome the recommended dosage of Peppermint oil is 0.2 to 0.4 ml 3 times a day of an enteric-coated capsule. Using capsules that are enteric-coated will prevent stomach distress. For other uses and formulations it is best to read product label directions.
Oral supplementation of peppermint oil for the purpose of gastrointestinal health and motility involves consuming anywhere between 450 to 750 mg of the oil daily in 2 to 3 divided doses, and this is around 0.1 to 0.2 mL of the oil itself per dosage.
Usage of peppermint for the treatment of headaches involves having a solution of 10-percent peppermint oil and applying a relatively thin layer to the front of your head upon the start of a headache, with another application after 15 minutes and 30 minutes (for three applications in total).
Usage of peppermint for aromatherapy does not follow any particular dosing, and similar to other forms of aromatherapy it should be used as either an oil or in a distiller until a pleasant aroma permeates the vicinity.
Any form of peppermint oil should be effective although for persons who experience heartburn (acid reflux) and wish to supplement with peppermint oil for their intestines, then an enteric coated capsule would be useful (since the muscle relaxing effects may affect the esophagous if the capsule breaks prematurely).
PEPPERMINT, MINT & MENTHOL SAFETY & INTERACTION
Mint is an invasive plant, so either keep it in a pot or be prepared to pull out extra plants as it spreads everywhere.
There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Peppermint or Menthol; however Menthol is considered an antidote for many homeopathic remedies and should be avoided by those taking the remedies. Taken in normal doses, enteric-coated Peppermint oil is believed to be fairly safe in healthy adults.
Peppermint tea is a powerful type of tea, and although it does have the wide range of health benefits there are still some possible side effects for some individuals. The menthol can act as an allergen to some people, and can cause heartburn in others. Both of the reactions are typically mild, but consulting a health care practitioner about possible allergies is always a good idea. Besides that, grab some peppermint leaves and get brewing!
Peppermint essential oil can be toxic if normal doses are exceeded. An excessive intake of Peppermint oil will produce nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, loss of balance, and other nervous system problems. Safety in young children is unknown; however, it is known to cause jaundice in newborn babies, so it is not recommended for colic. Effects in pregnant and nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
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