Sweet, Strong and Pungent, Peppermint is Cooling and Relaxing
Mentha was named after the Greek nymph Minthe. Legend has it that Minthe was the lover of Pluto. When Pluto’s wife heard of the affair, she murdered Minthe in a rage of jealousy. In remembrance of Minthe, Pluto brought her back to life as a fragrant plant.
Ancient Greeks and Romans would crown their heads and decorate their tables with mint at feasts and used it to flavour their food and wine. Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) forbade his soldiers to have peppermint because it was thought to promote erotic thoughts and deplete soldiers of the desire to fight.
Peppermint is a hybridisation of water mint (Mentha aquatica ) and spearmint (Mentha spicata ) and was first cultivated in England in the late seventeenth century. There are more than 25 species of true mint grown throughout the world.
Mint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times. Dried menthe leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 B.C. It was used as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections , and menstrual disorders
How to use Peppermint
Menthe piperita is considered one of the most important commercial aromatic herbs today. It is a popular flavouring agent in food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Therapeutically, peppermint is used to treat many ailments of the skin, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system and nervous system.
Essential Oil rubbed on the temples, across the forehead, and behind the neck, helps to ease digestive-related headaches and migraines by generating a cooling effect on the skin and relaxing cranial muscles.
Essential Oil can be used in the culinary arts as a flavouring agent for sweets and drinks. It can also be used as a scent for cosmetics such as soaps, perfumes, lipsticks and detergents
Dried or fresh leaves can be used in warm teas or refreshing cooling drinks
Properties of Peppermint Essential oil
Anti oxidant, anti microbial, anti spasmodic , anti inflammatory, calminative ,diuretic , muscle relaxant, analgesic, Vit A and Vit C,
Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis , liver and gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite, spastic colon, diarrhea , gas, bloating, colic, cramps, and heartburn .
Stimulates the flow of digestive juices and the production of bile, a substance that helps to digest fats. Relieves gas, reduces colon spasms, and eases motion sickness and nausea.
Coughs, colds, sinuses, mouth ulcers, sore throat.
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