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Herbal Medicines: Peppermint and Spearmint

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Peppermint is an old household remedy and useful for a variety of conditions. Internally, the Mentha spicata species of spearmint shares many of the properties of peppermint. It is often given for common women’s problems and for suppressed or painful
          peppermint (mentha piperita)

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Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)

Part Used: Leaves

Herbal Properties: Aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, stimulant, and antispasmodic

What it affects: Stomach, intestines, muscles, and circulation

Preparation and Amount

Infusion: Steep 5 to 15 minutes. Take 6 oz. 3 times daily.

Tincture: Take 30 to 60 drops 3 times daily.

Fluid Extract: Take 1/2 to 2 teaspoons 3 times daily.

Oil: Take 5 to 10 drops 3 times daily.

Powder: Take up to 10 #0 capsules (up to 60 grains) 3 times daily.

Peppermint is an old household remedy and useful for a variety of conditions.

Internally, peppermint slightly anesthetizes mucous membranes and the gastro-intestinal tract. The tea or oil is useful for insomnia, migraine, measles, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, muscle spasms, chills, headache, nausea, nervous disorders, colic, fevers, dizziness, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, heart trouble, poor appetite, rheumatism, and hysteria. It increases stomach acidity, aiding digestion, and is useful for irritable bowel syndrome. It will stop vomiting due to nervous causes.

Externally, peppermint leaves make a cooling and slightly anodyne application. They can also be made into a salve or a bath additive for itching skin conditions. Peppermint is used for toothache and to provide local anesthetic to pains and inflamed joints. For example, to open up the sinuses, put 5 to 10 drops into 2 quarts hot water and breathe it in through the mouth and nostrils. Cover the head with a cloth as you do this.

Note: Peppermint tea makes a good substitute for coffee or tea.

                      spearmint (mentha viridis)

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Spearmint (Mentha Viridis)

Part Used: Leaves

Herbal Properties: Aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, and diuretic

What it affects: Stomach, intestines, muscles, and circulation

Preparation and Amount

Infusion: Steep 5 to 15 minutes. Take 6 oz. 3 to 4 times daily.

Tincture: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 3 to 4 times daily.

Fluid Extract: Take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon 3 to 4 times daily.

Powder: Take 5 to 10 #0 capsules (30 to 60 grains) 3 to 4 times daily.

Internally, the Mentha spicata species of spearmint shares many of the properties of peppermint. It is often given for common women’s problems and for suppressed or painful urination. An infusion combined with horehound is sometimes given to children for fever.

The Mentha viridus is also nontoxic, and similar to peppermint in its uses. This herb is mainly used during colds, flu, cramps, indigestion, gas, and slight spasms. Combine with horehound; it is used to break fevers in children. It is good to stop vomiting and excellent when used as an enema for restlessness. Combined with pleurisy root and skullcap, it is a good remedy for pneumonia and pleurisy.

Note: Do not boil the herb, for the volatile oil will be steamed off. Use it in bitter herb combinations to add flavor.

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