Uses for Peppermint

By | December 26, 2008

Gas? Try peppermint.

Peppermint is widely used as a food, flavoring, and disinfectant. As a medicine, peppermint is most well known for its effects on the stomach and intestines. Perhaps you’ve tried the various “tummy teas” available for stomach upset. Peppermint is a tasty way to relieve gas, nausea, and stomach pain due to an irritable bowel, intestinal cramps, or indigestion.

Peppermint can be used as an herbal remedy to relieve gas and nausea due to indigestion.Peppermint is a carminative — an agent that dispels gas and bloating in the digestive system — and an antispasmodic capable of relieving stomach and intestinal cramps. Peppermint can be used for too much stomach acid (hyperacidity) and gastroenteritis (nausea and stomach upset that we sometimes call stomach flu),… – hsw

Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily….

“Most of the (effective) species are really from the family Lamiaceae, or mint family,” Pavel Kloucek, a scientist at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, told Discovery News.

Kloucek and his team analyzed several essential oils to see how well they could, in vapor form, kill the bacteria responsible for Listeria, Staph, E. coli, and Salmonella infections, and more.

While peppermint’s germ-killing powers have been previously documented, the new study is the first to report the antimicrobial activity of two other mint family members — Mentha villosa and Faassen’s catnip — along with another non-mint herb, bluebeard.

Essential oils for horseradish, garlic, hyssop, basil, marjoram, oregano, winter savory, and three types of thyme also showed potent bacteria-busting abilities.

The findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Food Control. – discovery

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