Peppermint (See Bo He)
Botanical Name: Menthe x piperita (a hybrid mint, a cross between water mint and spearmint).
Not just a candy, this hybrid can also ease stomach aches and headaches.
Below is an overview of peppermint, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of peppermint.
Western Name: Peppermint
Also Known As: N/A
Organs/Systems: Head, Heart, Lungs, Stomach, Intestines, Liver, Uterus, Nerves
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antispasmodic, Antacid, clear colds and flus with headaches chill and fever, support liver, promotes bile flow, relaxes nerves, benefits skin, relieves pain, arrests lactation and removes congestion. Helps sweating to relieve fevers during flus. Considered one of the finest liver remedies available and is excellent at calming upset stomach, and nausea. Reduce colon spasms post colonoscopy.
Pin Yin: See Bo He (mint)
Also Known As: N/A
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Not typically used in TCM. See Bo He (Mint) instead.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaves
Flavors: Pungent, Slightly Sweet
Caution: None noted.
History/Folklore: First described in 1753, by botanist Carl Linnaeus from England. In 79 AD, Roman author and military commander Pliny the Elder said that Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at feasts, decorated tables with it, and used it in sauces and wines. Assyrians used as an offering to their fire god. Mint flowers are large nectar producers for honeybees. Mint is the world’s most familiar scent.
High menthol content, volatile oil, bitters and resins. Essential oil is unique among mints for its quality and flavor. Oil has large concentration of natural pesticides, mainly pulegone and menthone.
Peppermint anesthetizes the nerves in the intestinal tract by local action. Because it does not stimulate the uterus, it is very safe to use for morning sickness (angelica and catnip are not, as they have low-level drug antispasmodic effects).
Oil of peppermint is considered even better than Western drugs for treating IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Peppermint tinctures make a great schnapps.
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