Herbs for Healthy Living

Peppermint

Also known as:

Menthae piperitae

Uses:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Indigestion

Description:

There are many varieties of Peppermint. These differ in their medicinal properties, as a result of differing levels of volatile oils.

What does it do?:

Menthol is one of the most prominent of the volatile oils found in Peppermint and is thought to play an important role in its action. The plant as a whole works as a carminative (dispels wind), reducing the symptoms of nausea, colic, bloating and wind. It also relaxes muscle tension in the colon which helps to relieve spasms. Research has shown that Peppermint is able to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Other information:

No restrictions on use are known.