Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita)


Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita)

The above-ground part of the plant, and in particular the leaves containing essential oils with a main constituent of menthol, are used. It is the reason for the aromatic and refreshing properties of the herb. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation. If you get mint yourself, you should know that the best time is in July and August, at the beginning of their flowering. Dry in a shade or in a tumble dryer up to 30 degrees.

Mint is one of the most used herbs because of its many beneficial effects. The ancient Romans scented with it the halls for celebrations and feasts because they thought the mint smell strengthened the brain function and improved memory. That's why the then students went to wreaths of the plant.

Mint is made of mint, intended for use as table tea. It is very useful in the autumn-winter season. Cold mint tea is a great refreshing drink for warm summer days, and hot is an excellent way to solve your problem after a bite.

Menthol oil helps against nausea, stomach ache, flatulence (gas in the intestine). Mint soothes spasms in the digestive tract, regains appetite. It is important to take in small doses of tea for example. It also has anti-inflammatory and biliary effects. Mint is a suitable herb for treatment of diseases of the bile ducts, gallstone disease, chronic pancreatitis, disorder.

Menthol is also a component of many cardiovascular medications. [3] Mentha is also used in the treatment of upper respiratory tract in bronchitis. It acts antiseptically and painkillers.

Folk medicine says that peppermint is a suitable herb for cure for dizziness, insomnia, headache, depression, epilepsy. The decoction of the leaves is applied in case of nervous agitation, inflammation of the gums and toothache. Mint garters are also efficient. It also helps to remove bad breath in the mouth. In this case, soak the mint leaves for 8 days in red wine at a ratio of 1 to 10. Use the mixture to be frown or drink (two tablespoons after eating).

Migraines, colds, coughs, sinus infections, fatigue, shock, nervous tension are well-suited for inhalation with peppermint oil. Mint oil massage is effective for menstrual disorders. Mint is also made in compressions in skin rashes, bruises and boils.

Be careful not to be allergic to this herb. Then avoid breathing the vapour oil.

Mint is widely used in cooking. It adds flavor to fruit salads, especially strawberries, jams, creams, soft drinks and ice creams. Very interesting is the combination of chocolate or alcoholic cocktail. Apart from the food industry, this herb is also used in cosmetics (mint is an ingredient of perfumes, soaps, toothpastes and mouthwash) and aromatherapy. Many people also use mint as a means of chasing away mosquitoes. They grow it in pots and put dried mint bags in wardrobes and cabinets. Menthol oil is also an ecological insecticide against axes, ants and cockroaches.