Peppermint | For Much More Than Just Indigestion


Mentha piperita or M. balsamea Willd Peppermint is a hybrid mint species that is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It is native to Europe and the Middle East and grows very well with lots of water. If you have a leaky outdoor faucet, mint is a great plant to put underneath. Most of us drink it as herbal tea or use essential oil. 

Peppermint has antispasmolytic effects and mainly benefits the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system. It has some antimicrobial properties. 

Medicinal Uses

Gastrointestinal Uses

The most widely known medicinal uses for peppermint are indigestion and morning sickness.  

Respiratory Illness

Peppermint can relieve congestion and symptoms of the common cold. 


Peppermint is beneficial for tension headaches. 

Other Uses

Pain relief, topical antimicrobial agent, improves brain function and concentration

Potential Side Effects

Heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, and dry mouth are possible side effects. Peppermint oil is thought to be safe when taken orally or applied topically. Inhalation of menthol oil may be harmful to children and infants. 

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