Peppermint is more than just a candy flavor. This herb promotes healthy digestion by soothing and comforting the stomach. Peppermint is frequently used in herbal teas and capsules.
Peppermint Leaf, a popular flavor with deodorant properties, is a cooling diaphoretic, used for respiratory ailments.
Peppermint leaf is approved by Commission E for liver and gallbladder complaints and dyspeptic (disturbed digestion) complaints.
Folk medicine: In folk use, peppermint is utilized for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, dysmenorrhea and colds.
Homeopathic Uses: The herb is used for colds.
Peppermint is considered a general stimulant, cleansing and strengthening the entire body.
Research has highlighted this herb as an aid for the bowels. Peppermint leaves contain a volatile oil that is composed of 50 to 78 percent free menthol and 5 to 20 percent menthol combined with other constituents. It is this oil that has been clinically shown to ease intestinal cramping, tone the digestive system, and treat gas and indigestion.
The best brand for the stomach that we've ever used is Complete Relief Peppermint Oil Softgels. These gels soothe the intestines with antispasmodic effects. Enteric-coated softgels prevent unpleasant after taste, and allow the formula to move to the intestines, where it's released for optimum benefit where it soothes the intestine with antispasmodic effects. May provide relief for gas related digestive issues, as well. As a dietary supplement, you take 1 softgel 1 to 3 times daily, preferably between meals.
Peppermint is an excellent carminative, having a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive system, combats flatulence, and stimulates bile and digestive juice flow. It is used to relieve intestinal colic, flatulent dyspepsia and associated conditions. The volatile oil in Peppermint acts as a mild anesthetic to the stomach wall, which allays feelings of nausea and the desire to vomit. In painful menstrual periods, it relieves the pain and eases associated tension.
Mode of Administration: Comminuted herb for infusions, extracts of peppermint leaves for internal use.
To prepare an infusion, pour 150 ml of hot water over 1 dessert-spoonful of the herb, strain after 10 minutes (one study has shown that the maximum level of menthol and methon is present after this time). 2 to 4 gm herb, drink slowly in sips while warm.
Tincture: Leave 200 parts leaves in spirit of wine for 10 days (shaken at intervals), which is filtered after this time. The average daily dose of the tincture (1:10) is 5 to 15 gm.
You can also "drink your mint" with a delicious blend of Organic Peppermint Tea.
Daily dosage for tea: 1 cup to be consumed 3 to 4 times a day between meals.
In painful menstrual periods, peppermint relieves the pain and eases associated tension.
Today, the United States is the most important producers of Peppermint and Peppermint oil.
A study of topical peppermint oil applied to the temples of healthy volunteers found that peppermint oil had a muscle-relaxing action and it decreased tension. This may explain its usefulness in treating tension headaches.
Peppermint essential oil, in addition to being refreshing, uplifting and invigorating, also acts as a balancer for oily skin and hair.
Peppermint and peppermint oil have no known warnings or contraindications.
The Popular Peppermint Patty
In 1940, York peppermint patties were introduced in the Northeast, Ohio, Indiana and Florida. Shortly thereafter, demand became so great that the producer, York, stopped distributing all other products. York Peppermint Patties remain the most popular today. A typical (York) peppermint patty isn't bad in calories, and is low in fat and sodium:
- Total calories: 140
- Total fat: 2.5g (saturated fat: 1.5g)
- Sodium: 10mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 31g
- Sugars: 25g
Visit an old York Peppermint Pattie Commercial - memories for many or a peek into the past for the younger set!
There is even "a day" designated to peppermint patties. "Peppermint Patty Day" is February 11.
Consider trying our rich and creamy Peppermint Chocolate Smoothie.
Recipe: Mint Julep
1 quart water
1 cup orange juice
2 cups sugar
Juice 8 lemons
1 pint claret wine
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup strawberry juice
12 sprigs fresh mint
Make syrup by boiling quart of water and sugar twenty minutes. Separate mint in pieces, add to the boiling water, cover, and let stand in warm place five minutes, strain, and add to syrup; add fruit juices, and cool. Pour into punch-bowl, add claret, and chill with a large piece of ice; dilute with water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and whole strawberries.
Recipe: Classic Mint Sauce
1/2 cup malt vinegar
1 tablespoon of white or brown sugar, plus more to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
In saucepan, bring vinegar and sugar to a boil; stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add mint leaves. Add one more tablespoon of sugar, if needed. Let stand at room temperature for three hours. Serve with lamb or ham.
Recipe: Peppermint Patty Shooter
There's also the adult "Peppermint Patty" in the form of a shot, or "shooter" as it's commonly referred to. It's actually quite good - as always, just don't over-do anything with alcohol. Here's a standard recipe:
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1 oz cream
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well; strain into a shot glass. Makes a great after-dinner drink.
See also: Peppermint Oil
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