PEPPERMINT, Mentha piperita (Plant Family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae)
Type of plant: Perennial plant with small, highly aromatic leaves and spikes of small pinkish mauve flowers
Part used: Fresh or partially dried plant
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, cholagogue, circulatory, decongestant, digestive, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Headache, migraine, digestive problems, nausea, colic, gastrointestinal disorder, flatulence, colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus congestion, sinusitis, muscular aches and pains, muscular injury, muscular spasm, sciatica, sprains, rheumatism, menstrual cramp, neuralgia, acne, pimples, mental exhaustion, tension, physical exhaustion, fatigue, apathy
Blends well with: Angelica seed, basil linalol, bay laurel, bergamot, cananga, chamomile german, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus radiata, geranium, grapefruit, ho wood, juniper berry, lavender, lavender (spike), lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram (sweet), myrtle, niaouli, orange (sweet), oregano, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, ravintsara, rosemary, spruce (black), tangerine, tarragon, tea tree, thyme linalol, tuberose, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: Avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Avoid using undiluted baths and showers.