Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies

Peppermint essential oil

(Mentha x piperita)

Characteristics of peppermint essential oil

Fragrance profile: Menthol oil smells like the rest of the plant, very strongly and distinctively.

Colorless when just removed, it becomes greenish or reddish or light yellow.

Composition: Peppermint essential oil is rich in menthol, cineole, menthone, menthyl acetate and pulegone

Properties of peppermint essential oil

It possess antiseptic, antipruritic, astringent and healing properties. All them, make it well suited for the treatment of skin abnormalities.

It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, very suitable for muscle and joint problems.

Being expectorant, antispasmodic and antiseptic, can be used for respiratory problems, being one of the main oils for inhalation.

Its immunostimulant properties make it suitable to increase defenses against microorganisms.

It is carminative, stomachic, cholagogue, vermifuge, so it can be used to treat digestive diseases.

Being stimulating and refreshing, it is excellent to clear your head, wake you up and relieve your traveler syndrome

It is a good nerve tonic

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Drawing of the plant

Main uses:

- Medicinal uses: Ideal for skin care, in conditions such as dermatitis, itchy skin, acne, etc..

It can be used for the treatment of airways by inhalation in the treatment of tonsillitis, bronchitis, colds, asthma, cough, flu, etc.

For its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can help fight pain and reduce inflammation in muscle aches, strains, etc..

It is very good digestive, being useful in cases of indigestion, flatulence, vomiting and intestinal spasms.

For nervous disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress or other physical symptoms that come from nerve problems such as headaches or migraines, vertigo or travel sickness.

- Industrial uses: It is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of cosmetics or soaps, also to flavor drinks, gum and food. In pharmacy, it is widely used for making respiratory or digestive medications, and to flavor toothpaste.

Toxicity of peppermint essential oil

- For external use, when diluted and used in moderation, it is not toxic. though, because it contains menthol, it can cause allergic reactions and has some contraindications (See toxicity properties of menthol and peppermint)

- It may be irritating to the skin

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