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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Definition: Peppermint is one the most popular herbal teas in America and has a wide array of pleasant and therapeutic properties. Used for flavoring and for its menthol content, it has both stimulant and antispasmodic actions. Pennyroyal and spearmint have similar properties.

Applications: Colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, diarrhea, gastritis, enteritis, indigestion, nausea, intestinal gas, bloating, griping, colic, colitis, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, stomach spasms, ulcers and vomiting.

Scientific Updates: Today, peppermint is recognized for its soothing action on the stomach and intestines. It works as an antispasmodic, which helps to relieve nausea and other stomach maladies. Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates bile flow, which facilitates more efficient digestion. Increased bile flow results in less indigestion, flatulence and colic. The menthol constituent of peppermint works as a natural analgesic and antibacterial. Peppermint has also been able to dissolve gallstones and may be a nonsurgical approach to gallstone removal.

Complementary Agents: Catnip, fennel, ginger, myrrh, capsicum, saw palmetto, calcium carbonate and digestive enzymes.

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