Mint is an awesome species of plant that has been used for thousands of years! Archeologists and historians have traced the use of mint plants as far back as all of recorded history. Its aroma and medicinal properties have been useful for many different cultures. Egyptians used it for flavoring wine. In China it has been used for its medicinal properties. Ancient Assyrians used it in rituals for their fire god, Nusku. For thousands of years its fragrance made it popular as a strewing herb for temples and homes. There is even biblical records of it being used for tax payments!
The Greek philosopher Theophrastus wrote that the name “Mentho” was derived from Greek mythology. Mentho was a beautiful nymph loved by Pluto, the god of the underworld. Persephone was jealous of their love and turned Mentho into a plant. While Pluto could not reverse the transformation, he imbued Mentho with a sweet fragrance.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a naturally occurring hybrid of two different mints, Water Mint(Mentha Aquatica) and Spearmint(Mentha Spicata). It was first officially identified in 1696 and the medicinal qualities proved to be very strong. By the late 1700s Peppermint had become so widely popular that it began to be grown and harvested commercially in Europe. Now Peppermint is grown all over the world and used very regularly.
Aside from being beautifully fragrant and quite tasty in teas, Peppermint is a great medicinal with a wide range of uses, both stimulating and relaxing. Oils and extracts have been found to be the most stimulating uses, and teas are considered to be the more relaxing. We know you will enjoy our Organic Peppermint as much as we do,(it is a favorite among many of our regular costumers already!) and with a little insight into its healing, it may become a favorite medicinal and tea herb for you! 🙂
Energy Booster: A cold tea of Peppermint can be very energizing. A great way to make use of the same quality is to create balms, oils, or make a Peppermint body wash with tea!
Nutritional Tea: Peppermint is a rich in Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Manganese, and Copper. It also has a good amount of Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin A making it a great nourishing tea.
Stimulant and Relaxant: Its stimulating qualities can be great for the circulation and very energizing, while its relaxant qualities can sooth nerves and relax muscles.
Digestion: Peppermint is a great tea herb for digestion. It stimulates all digestive organs to produce more secretions, reducing gasses and increasing digestive functions, while helping stomach and intestinal muscles relax.
Colds, Congestion, Coughs: The menthol in Peppermint can help in many different ways to treat symptoms of colds, sore throats, coughs, throat and chest congestion.
Sinus Mouth and Throat Inflammation: Its anesthetic and antibacterial qualities make it an excellent mouth wash for internal inflammation.
Skin Conditions: The anesthetic and antibiotic qualities have even made it useful for painful skin irritations, infections, and rashes. Peppermint is also a great washing herb for dry or oily skin.
Pain Relief: Peppermints anesthetic qualities also make it useful as a mild pain reliever for headaches, nerve pain, toothaches, and inflammation of joints.
Stomach Pains: Peppermint tea has been used for thousands of years in treating stomach cramps, ulcers, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms.
Menstrual Cramps: Peppermint has also been used to ease the pain of menstrual cramps and relax the muscles of the uterus.
Liver Health: Peppermint tea can increase the production of bile in the liver. Increased bile flow can improve digestion by helping to break down fats, and reduce bad cholesterol. This, in effect, can lighten the amount of work the liver is required to do, and with regular use, lead to a much healthier liver!
Preparations and Dosage:
There are many different ways to use Peppermint. Oils and extracts are known for their stimulating qualities. Peppermint tea is great for its relaxing qualities.
Tea: Steep about 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry herb to a cupful of water. Take 2 to 3 times daily for relaxation, cold, digestive uses, or just for the great taste!
Baths: Take about half a cup of dried herb boiled in about half a gallon of water, cool and add to bath. Soaking in an herbal bath can allow the body to absorb the healing effects through the skin. A Peppermint bath can be both rejuvenating and relaxing!
Mouth Wash: Use a normal brew of tea to gargle and rinse the mouth and throat. This can effectively ease the pain of mouth and throat inflammations, and the antibacterial qualities of the Peppermint can kill harmful bacteria.
Fomentation: Fomentation’s can be useful for relieving sore muscles, headaches, and joint pains. Soak a clean, natural cloth in strong Peppermint tea and apply the the effected area. This can also be applied to the chest for colds, coughs, and congestion.
Facial Steams: Wash face first. Pour 1 quart of boiling water over about a handful of dried Peppermint leaf into a bowl. Tie back your hair and hold your face around 10 inches away from the bowl. You can put a towel over your head and the bowl, to get more steam exposure. Breath in regularly for about 6 minutes. Be mindful that steam can burn, don’t hold your face too close, and do be careful with the bowl of hot water! You should stop right away if your skin should ever start to feel uncomfortable or painful while using a facial steam. Facial steams should not be used on infants and children. Facial steams, much like oils and extracts, have been reported to have stronger effects. Also a small child may not know (especially not an infant) to keep their eyes closed while being exposed to the steam.
Cautions and Side Effects:
Peppermint is generally considered safe with no harmful effects when used in teas and to season foods, but some people may experience an allergic reaction. If you start to experience and allergic reaction stop use immediately. One should always be most careful when using Peppermint oils and extracts as some adverse reactions have happened, particularly in the case of inhalation with children, infants, and asthmatics.
Peppermint can stimulate menstrual flow and should not be used by pregnant w0man.
Peppermint may have harmful interactions with some prescription medications. If you are taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, medications for gallstones, or medications for heartburn or ulcers, you should seek the advice of your healthcare specialist before using Peppermint.
Peppermint oils, extracts, and facial steams may have harmful effects for those with very sensitive skin, people with the skin condition Rosacea, those that have asthma, infants, children, asthmatics, or people who take prescription medications.
Never use Peppermint oils, extracts, or facial steams on children and infants(topically, or by inhalation).
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ***