Peppermint Herb Information

Peppermint Herb Information

The peppermint herb is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first discovered in 1750 in London, England. Peppermint is now grown throughout the U.S. and Europe. The leaves and stems of peppermint have relatively high oil content and are the part of the plant used medicinally.

Commonly used for digestive assistance, peppermint (Mentha piperita) as an oil can be used topically or ingested.

Peppermint is commonly used to sooth gastrointestinal tract by relaxing the muscles in the intestinal wall.

Dosage and Administration

  • As a tea soak 1T of dried leaf in 5 or 6 ounces of boiling water for 10-15 min. Remove solid particles. Drink one cup up to 4 times a day.
  • As an oil it can be rubbed on the chest or inhaled for respiratory assistance.
  • In capsule form it is recommended to use one or two .2ml 3 times a day, 2 hours before eating or as a suppository for muscle cramping.
  • For lozenges, follow the directions on the package.