Parts used-Flowering tops, oil and leaves
Actions and Uses: This herb increases stomach acidity, aiding digestion. Slightly anesthetizes mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract. Useful for chills, colic, diarrhea, headache, heart trouble, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, poor appetite, rheumatism and spasms.
Phytochemicals: Acetic acid, beta-carotene, betaine, caffeic acid, carvone, coumarin, eugenol, hesperin, limonene, luteolin, menthol, p-coumaric acid, pectin, rosmarinic acid, rutin, tannin, thymol, vanillin, calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and E.
General Information: Peppermint has often been called “a blast of pure green energy”. Peppermint can be made into a tea or added to flavor teas. It is a common ingredient in toothpaste and tooth powders. It is best used right from the garden and can be added to certain foods for flavoring.
Caution: May interfere with iron absorption and should not be used by nursing mothers. Do not ingest pure menthol or pure peppermint leaves.