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Peppermint
Botanical Name Mentha piperita
Origin USA
Description Peppermint has been used medicinally for at least 2000 years. Remains of mint have been discovered in Egyptian tombs dating back as far as 3000 B.C. Peppermint is cultivated world-wide.
Extraction Steam distillation from flowers and leaves
Fragrance Cool, sweet, herbaceous - the familiar mint/menthol scent
Properties Analgesic, Anaesthetic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Cephalic, Cholagogue, Cooling, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Fungicidal, Hepatic, Hypertensive, Mucolytic, Nervine, Sudorific, Tonic, Vasoconstrictor, Digestive, Carminative, Vermifuge, Anti-pruritic, Anti-catarrh, Stomachic, Anti-microbial, Hormone-like, Stimulant
Aromatherapy Use Vitalizing, refreshing, cooling, stimulating, increases alertness
Medicinal Uses

Increases circulation. Helps ease muscle and digestive cramps. Soothes many gastrointestinal problems, including gas pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (and is commonly added to remedies for these complaints); increases bile flow and gallbladder function, thus aids digestion; soothes insect bites.

Also used for Acne, Depression, Dermatitis, Eczema, Fever, Fatigue, Respiratory Complaints, Headaches, Migraines, Motion Sickness, Nerve Pain, Sinusitis, Vertigo

Other Uses Massage, compress, diffuser.
Emotions, Psyche: Refreshing, Stimulating, Invigorating
Safety Info Possibly irritating. Avoid in pregnancy and with small children. Keep away from eyes.


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