Skin Ä?żË? reduces inflammations and itching; has a cooling effect on sunburn and hot flushes.
Nervous Ä?żË? refreshes and wakes up the mind and improves concentration; helps with headaches and depression.
Digestive Ä?żË? very effective for flatulence, indigestion, nausea and travel sickness.
Respiratory - decongests blocked sinuses, relieves asthma, cold and flu symptoms.
General Ä?żË? relieves pain and cools Ä?żË? headaches, migraines, toothache and aching feet.
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. It has lovely broad, dark green leaves and the leaves and stems are usually slightly fuzzy. It has a distinct minty smell when picked and rubbed between the fingers. Peppermint is grown worldwide but most peppermint oil comes from the USA. The leaves and the flowers are used to make the essential oil which is extracted by steam distillation.
Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use, with some archaeological evidence placing its use as at ten thousand years ago. It is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint-flavoured confectionery and also used in teas, chewing gum and toothpastes. Some studies have been done on those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and a large majority of the patients who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks had a major reduction in their symptoms.
Peppermint counteracts the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. Should be avoided by insomniacs and late in the day as it refreshes the mind and wakes you up.