Powerful Peppermint

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  • Folk Names: Brandy Mint, Lammint
  • Gender: Masculine
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Element: Fire
  • Deity: Pluto
  • Powers: Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, & Psychic Powers

Throughout time peppermint has been recorded as being used for medicinal purposes, even as far back as Ancient Greece. It is also to have been found in the Ancient Egyptian pyramids dating back to around 1000 BC.

Key constituents:
Volatile Oil – ( up to 1.5%) including Menthol at 35-55%, Menthone at 10-40%
Flavonoids – ( Luteolin, Menthoside )
Phenolic acids
Triterpenes

Menthol is antiseptic, antifungal, cooling, and an anesthetic to the skin although can also be an irritant to the skin if used incorrectly. Volatile oil is strongly antibacterial.

Whole herb has an antispasmodic effect on the digestive system.

Peppermint is known to be an effective treatment for the following ailments, backache, bad breath, earache, emphysema, fever, gallstones, gingivitis, headache, hives, indigestion, morning sickness, nausea, pain, scabies, sinusitis, anti-aging properties, relieves gas, flatulence, bloating, colic. It also relieves muscle spasms, increases sweating, stimulates secretions of the bile, irritable bowel syndrome and can be used as an antiseptic.

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The wonderful peppermint has a wide array of uses. It’s one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts.

Peppermint can be added to spaghetti sauce to reduce the acid and the after-affects of eating the acidy sauce. Another great use is to apply the essential oil diluted over a sunburn. It also works wonders for congestion if you add a few drops of the oil in a cold mist vaporizer. As a tea it is a great remedy for indigestion after a large meal and a wonderful treatment for IBS. Limit this herb however if you have a tendency toward acid-reflux or gerd as it can wreak havoc with these illnesses.

Massage Oil
( All ingredients are in essential oil form)
Peppermint oil 4 drops
Rosemary oil 5 drops
Lemon juice 6 drop

Dilute in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, mix and use. This may be stored in sealed bottle and it keeps well due to the antiseptic properties of the peppermint.

Recommended Reading:

The Complete Book of Herbs
by Lesley Bremness

With more than 340,000 copies sold in hardcover, this essential, full-color resource is now available in paperback. Revealing the enormous potential of herbs, this sourcebook includes information on planting, growing, and harvesting herbs, as well as the main uses of herbs. It also offers an exhaustive identification guide, recipes, ideas for gifts, and much more.

Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses
by Deni Bown

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The Essential Oils Book : Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body


by Colleen K. Dodt


Featuring dozens of easy-to-create aromatic recipes and a bit of historical insight, this intelligently written book by herbalist Colleen Dodt shows how readers can include homemade scents in every aspect of their lives. Printed on recycled paper with a matte finish.

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