This article is about the herb, as peppermint. Peppermint is a hybrid mint. The plant, indigenous to Europe, is now widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.
Peppermint is sometimes regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago.
Peppermint has a high menthol content, and is often used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste. The oil also contains menthone and menthyl esters, particularly menthyl acetate. It is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint-flavoured confectionery. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos and soaps, which give the hair a minty scent and produce a cooling sensation on the skin.
Peppermint has menthol, as it’s active ingredient. Menthol helps ease diarrhea, headaches and colic in babies. Peppermint also contains B vitamins, calcium, and potassium.
Peppermint essential oil menthol is known to promote digestion and help prevent gallstones. It soothes the stomach lining relieving stomach cramps. The B vitamins in menthol help improve concentration and performance in the brain and nerves.
There are several ways to use peppermint to aid in natural healing of various ailments. Peppermint can be prepared as a tea, to use in baths or drink.
To relieve stomachaches drink one cup of peppermint tea after meals, you can add one quart of tea to a bath to help treat skin ailments. Peppermint tea is also good for sore throats just gargle several times per day.
Peppermint tea has been used throughout the ages and has worked in the past and continues to provide excellent results today.
* a bunch of fresh peppermints
* some boiling water
*** Blend mixture fresh peppermint and boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, then drain.