Spicy and medicinal herbs

Useful properties of peppermint, used in cooking, cosmetology and traditional medicine

In many household plots there is a vegetable garden, where, in addition to potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes, spices and aromatic spices grow. Some of them are suitable only for use in cooking, while others have a mass of useful properties and are used to treat various diseases. One such plant is fragrant mint. She has a minimum of contraindications. This is an excellent ingredient for the preparation of not only refreshing cocktails, but also most cosmetic products, medicinal decoctions and tinctures..

What is mint

Science knows about 40 species and hybrids of this fragrant plant, but only one is recognized as official medicine - peppermint. This herbaceous, seemingly unremarkable, plant belongs to the family of Cluster. On a horizontal trunk, reaching a height of up to one meter, oblong leaves with sharp edges and a heart-shaped base are arranged crosswise. Small flowers of a light-violet shade gather in inflorescences on tips of escapes.

Chemical composition

A plant is valued not for its appearance, but for its quality. Mint is very refreshing, smells good and has a rich composition. 100 grams of fresh leaves contain 70 kilocalories, of which 15 g are carbohydrates, 4 g are proteins, and 1 g are fats. In addition to the essential oil, which gives the plant its characteristic odor, it contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, almost all B vitamins, ascorbic and nicotinic acid, retinol. Of the other chemical elements are highlighted:

  • tannins,
  • carotene,
  • rutin
  • hesperidin,
  • betaine
  • arginine
  • glucose,
  • neutral saponins,
  • phytosterols,
  • rhamnose,
  • acids - oleic, coffee, ursolic, chlorogenic.

Medicinal properties of peppermint

Herb is used to create many drugs: lollipops, alcohol pepper tinctures, mint drops, essential oils for inhalation. Mint has antiseptic properties, has choleretic and bactericidal effects. Preparations with the addition of this plant are used to relieve pain in the abdomen, heart, toothache, in the treatment of migraine, diseases of the stomach, liver, digestive system.

Recent studies by scientists have revealed an anticancer effect in her, and therefore medicines with mint extracts have been actively used to prevent cancer of different etiologies. Fragrant grass increases the resistance of body cells when exposed to radioactive substances, helps to restore the immune system, reduces inflammation.

The mint benefits don't end there. Menthol essential oil has a pronounced antispasmodic, antiseptic and mild vasoconstrictor effect. Due to these beneficial properties, mint extracts are part of the heart preparations, and fresh herb is recommended during the treatment of angina and atherosclerosis. There is unconfirmed evidence that menthol has a beneficial effect on the state of the cerebral vessels.

Useful properties for women

Some experts argue that in the absence of congenital defects of the reproductive system and contraindications, the use of mint tea with lemon will help in the treatment of female infertility. In addition, the beautiful floor uses mint leaves, roots and stems for cooking:

  • Home lotions, creams, face masks. The use of this herb for cosmetic purposes improves the condition of problematic skin (narrows pores, removes redness, removes oily shine), refreshes the complexion, fights with small facial wrinkles.
  • Decoctions and tinctures. The healing properties of mint for women are associated with the treatment of gynecological diseases. Medicines are used during heavy menstruation, to eliminate sudden mood swings, with menopause.
  • A sedentary bath to help relieve pain, eliminate itching and burning with cystitis. Procedures are contraindicated for pain of unexplained etiology and for women with hypersensitive skin.

During pregnancy

Mint plates, menthol lozenges will be useful in the period of gestation. Popular healers are especially recommended to drink tea with mint in the first trimester for pregnant women who suffer from severe toxemia. Refreshing drink relieves nausea, helps to avoid bouts of vomiting while eating, eliminates heartburn, constipation, bloating. Fresh mint leaves can be added to salads, marinades, pastries.

At the first sign of a cold, medications from this spice will help relieve a sore throat, swelling of the nasal mucosa, and muscle pain. To cope with toxicosis pregnant, you can only use fresh or dried leaves, but the concentrated extract of oils is absolutely contraindicated. It contains a high percentage of menthol, which has the ability to reduce vascular tone. Menthol can lead to hypertonia of the uterus, the development of bleeding, provoke premature birth.

Breastfeeding

Official medicine is contraindicated to use peppermint products during lactation. In the course of numerous experiments, it was found that the systematic use of menthol inhibits the production of breast milk. The use of preparations based on mint extracts is advisable only for a smooth end of the breastfeeding period.

Not all species of this plant act so negatively on lactation: some suppress it, while others have the ability to increase the quantity and quality of milk. These plants include spearmint and essential oils from it. This grass contains the minimum amount of menthol, but another substance prevails - carvone, useful for nursing mothers. Before you start taking any menthol preparations, you should first consider all the medicinal properties and contraindications of mint for women.

Mint for sleeping

A seemingly inconspicuous plant is capable of soothing raging nerves, therefore it is often included in sedative medicinal preparations. Even an ordinary cup of tea with mint leaves will help you relax and fall asleep peacefully. For insomnia, it is recommended to brew pepper varieties in such proportions: 1 part grass, the same amount of green tea or chamomile inflorescences per 5 parts boiling water. Such a drink will be soothing throughout the day, but it should be used with caution - a sedative effect affects the ability to respond quickly and inhibits the reaction.

With a cold

Peppermint can both help cure viral diseases, and cause them to appear if, in hot summer weather, you decide to overuse a refreshing drink. The leaves of the plant are concentrated a large amount of essential oil, which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic effect.. During epidemics of respiratory diseases, doctors recommend inhaling the smell of menthol, inhaling, and preparing medicinal teas. This treatment is contraindicated for children under 6 years old.

For men

Useful properties of mint and contraindications for men - the most controversial topic. On the one hand, this plant:

  • helps relieve fatigue
  • get rid of excessive sweating feet,
  • normalizes sleep
  • makes the blood more fluid, improving blood circulation,
  • has a choleretic effect, preventing the development of urolithiasis, normalizes liver function,
  • makes breathing easier, which is useful if a man smokes,
  • relieves stress
  • helps to freshen up during a heat.

On the other hand, scientists from the American Institute of Nutrition found that the plant contains a large amount of female hormones - phytoestrogens, which adversely affect potency. To do this, they conducted a curious experiment. A group of experimental rodents, scientists, instead of ordinary water, were given mint tea. At the end of the test, a decrease in the level of testosterone in the blood was detected, the rodents completely lost interest in females, and infertility developed. Given these data, the abuse of such drinks is contraindicated for men.

Useful properties and contraindications of lemon mint

It has another name - melissa officinalis. The plant has been used in folk and scientific medicine for more than 20 centuries in many countries around the world. Useful grass is found in the south of Russia and the Caucasus, often grown not only on an industrial scale, but also on personal plots for personal use. Melissa is rich in various micro and macro elements, but most of all it contains vitamin C. Medicinal herb enhances immunity, has antipyretic properties, therefore it is often used to treat colds..

Among other useful properties, it is worth highlighting the antispasmodic, sedative, antidepressant, antimicrobial action of lemon balm. A wide range of therapeutic effects has led to the use of plants for the treatment of:

  • neurosis
  • eczema
  • dermatitis,
  • tachyarrhythmias
  • hypertension,
  • flatulence,
  • intestinal dysbiosis,
  • dyskinesia,
  • acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases,
  • nervous disorders
  • headaches.

Children are shown a relatively limited list of medicinal plants, including melissa. The beneficial properties of this medicinal herb allow it to be used for the treatment of childhood neuroses, rheumatism, obesity, diabetes, chronic cholecystitis and pyelonephritis. Melissa-based medicines are often used in phytotherapy of children born with heart defects.

Fresh leaves of lemon balm are applied externally in the form of compresses from boils, adolescent acne and rinsing for inflammation of the gums. As with any other medicinal plants, Melissa has a number of contraindications, which include:

  • children up to 3 years
  • epilepsy,
  • hypotension,
  • individual intolerance to lemon balm,
  • severe liver disease (cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver failure).

Is it possible to eat mint

Spice is widely used in cooking in both fresh and dried form. It is added to baking, confectionery, drinks, marinades. In eastern countries, this grass is simply indispensable to any table. The reason lies in the peculiarities of Asian cuisine - it is very sharp and spicy. The freshness of the leaves helps to improve digestion and soften the taste of dishes. You should know that mint drinks do not satisfy hunger, but, on the contrary, only stimulate the appetite, therefore they are contraindicated for those who want to lose weight.

Mint application

In the pharmaceutical industry, galenical preparations are prepared from this plant (medicinal products obtained from plant raw materials by means of extraction) in the form of medicinal charges, teas, aromatic waters, decoctions, tinctures, and tablets. In the absence of contraindications, these medicines are actively used in the treatment of:

  • diseases of viral and infectious nature - tonsillitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis,
  • cardiovascular system - angina pectoris, spasm of coronary vessels, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias.
  • gastrointestinal tract - flatulence, gastritis, colic, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, cholecystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, worm infestation, stomach cramps, gallstones,
  • nervous system - insomnia, stress, migraine, depression,
  • mucous membranes and skin - itching, rashes, inflammations, dermatitis, burns, acne, excessive sweating,
  • pain syndrome - tooth or headaches, muscle spasms, bruises, sprains, neuralgia.

Fresh Mint

In the old days, infusion of fresh leaves was mixed with marjoram, drank to improve memory. The tops of the shoots were considered the best analgesic for rheumatism, joint pain, bruises. From fresh leaves you can cook a lot of useful:

  • If you feel nasal congestion, inhale. To do this, pour a handful of fresh leaves with boiling water, cover with a towel and breathe over the steam for several minutes. The beneficial effect of such treatment will be similar to drops for the nose, but the method itself is cheaper and more natural.
  • If the spicy leaves began to fade and are no longer suitable for human consumption, make ice. After freezing, mint cubes can be put in water, add to tea or lemonade, giving the drink freshness. Ice can wipe your face in the morning. Such procedures rejuvenate, lighten the skin, help fight wrinkles.
  • Cook homemade toothpaste. To do this, squeeze the leaves of the juice, grinding them with a blender, mix with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It is worth knowing that mint toothpaste with peroxide is contraindicated for people with sensitive tooth enamel.

Peppermint Oil

The list of beneficial properties of peppermint essential oil does not end with a calming and anti-inflammatory effect. In the field of medicine, this extract is used to relieve asthenic disorders, with dizziness, toothache, heartburn attacks, heart spasms, with physical overload and as a means of motion sickness in transport.

Another useful property of the oil - antibacterial. If there are no contraindications, this dosage form is used to clean the mucous membranes, aroma oil perfectly copes with rosacea, normalizes blood circulation. Ether will help remove the vascular network from the skin surface, acne, acne. There are many ways to use oil:

  • It can be added to the oil burner. A pleasant smell will help to relax, relieve a headache, calm the nerves.
  • To prepare a relaxing mint bath. To this end, the emulsifier is diluted in the amount of 7 drops per 100 liters of water.
  • It is added to cosmetics, mixing in equal parts with any other solvent oil. Shampoos and hair masks contribute to the disappearance of dandruff, nourish the scalp. Peppermint lotion or cream is suitable for loose skin. With regular use, it becomes elastic and taut, fine wrinkles disappear. The same compositions are used for compresses, rubbing, massage.
  • Oil helps to eliminate inflammation of the gums. In this case, use the method of application: cotton swab promakivayut mixture of mint and vegetable oil, taken in equal shares.
  • In cooking, the emulsifier is used to flavor wine, mulled wine, tea, lemonade, desserts.

What is peppermint

A little bit about mint is a herbaceous plant of the family Luminous (lat. Lamiaceae). The Latin name is Mentha piperita. Other names: motherboard, pillow.

Appearance (photo) mint

Rod Mint (Latin Mentha) combines 42 species of plants. Peppermint is a hybrid of the aquatic (Latin Mentha aquatica) and garden (Latin Mentha spicata) varieties.

Mint cultivation is possible in gardens, in home gardens and at home. You will learn more about home cultivation from this article. Commercially grown in the Voronezh region and the Krasnodar region.

This is an unpretentious plant that can be grown even on the windowsill. It prefers moist, loose soil. Mint propagated by layering, cuttings and division of rhizomes.

The plant has a fibrous horizontal rhizome. An erect stem reaches a height of 100 cm. Branches are branchy, densely covered with leaves.

The leaves are opposite, pointed, oblong-ovate. The edges of the sheet plate are sharp.

Small light purple flowers are collected in half-mutations and form spikelike inflorescences. Mint bloom occurs in June — September.

The fruit consists of four nuts. Fruiting plant is very rare.

How to harvest and store

Harvest mint in June - July, cut only fully bloomed plants. Collect spend the afternoon in dry weather, when the leaves are no drops of dew.

It is better to cut the plant carefully, and not to tear it with your hands. Harvest can be as whole bushes, and individual leaves. Put the cut mint in the shade, in the sun it will lose most of the essential oils, and hence the useful properties.

Immediately after collection, rinse under cold running water and dry thoroughly on paper or regular towels for several hours. Then spread the mint in one layer on paper, dry in a shaded and well-ventilated place for 3-5 days.

Store in glass jars or linen bags. Shelf life - no more than 2 years.

How to choose a spice

When buying spices in the store, pay attention to the packaging, it should be:

  • sealed, check it is not damaged or if it is opened
  • opaque, so as not to miss the sun's rays.

Also, do not forget to check the expiration date and pay attention to whether the spice is stored in a dry place in the store, without access to sunlight.

Mint for women

The benefits of peppermint for women's health are in its beneficial effect on the condition of the skin and hair. The plant has nourishing, strengthening and protective properties.

Mint is used in gynecology to treat inflammatory diseases. Broth plants are added to the sedentary bath. Such procedures have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Mint flavor eliminates bouts of nausea, which is useful for toxemia. Однако в период беременности следует с особой осторожностью применять ее, необходимо заранее проконсультироваться с врачом. Подробнее читайте в статье — мята для беременных.

Мята для мужчин

Лекарства на основе растения усиливают потенцию и нормализуют кровообращение в органах малого таза. Mint has a negative effect on men's health only with regular overdose. The herb is useful in moderation - 1-2 cups of mint tea per week.

A decoction of herbs used externally for washing the feet. This procedure helps to eliminate unpleasant odors and reduces sweating.

Cooking Application

Fresh and dried mint leaves are used in cooking. Spice is added to sauces, salads, drinks. Herb is combined with lamb, poultry, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.

Peppermint oil is used in the confectionery industry. It is added to pastries, creams, desserts.

From the leaves of the plant brew tea. The drink is used as a sedative. Read more in the article - tea with mint benefit.

Application in cosmetology

In cosmetology used essential oil of mint

Mint extract is used in the cosmetic industry. It is added to creams, lip balms, masks and shampoos for hair.

Peppermint regulates sebum production, tightens pores and cleanses the skin. Plant based cosmetics are used to treat oily and combination skin.

Mint is suitable for any type of hair. Mint shampoos and balms nourish dry hair, reduce the oily skin of the scalp and improve the appearance of curls.

Mask for the face

Mint nourishes and tones the skin. Broth plants are used to wipe the face in the morning and evening. Peppermint oil is combined with other ingredients and masks are prepared on their basis. Such products are suitable for problem and oily skin.

Ingredients:

  1. Yellow clay - 1 tablespoon.
  2. Mint essential oil - 2 drops.
  3. Almond oil - 2 tsp.
  4. Lemon oil - 1 drop.
  5. Water - 1 tablespoon.

How to cook: Dissolve clay with water, stir until smooth. Add oil and mix.

How to use: Wash, blot excess liquid with a dry cloth and apply a mask. Rinse off with warm water after 15 minutes, when the clay dries. After the procedure, moisturize the skin with a cream.

Result: The mask enhances the blood supply to the skin, eliminates inflammation and reduces the fat content of the epidermis.

Hair Mask

Broth plants are used for rinsing curls after washing the head. Mint extract is added to the finished cosmetic hair care products or make homemade masks based on it. They are suitable for oily hair.

Ingredients:

  1. Peppermint oil - 2 drops.
  2. Jojoba oil - 20 ml.

How to cook: Heat the jojoba oil in a water bath to 36-37 degrees, add peppermint oil, mix. The amount specified in the recipe is designed for medium-length hair.

How to use: Rub the mixture of oils into the scalp with massage movements. Comb the hair with a frequent comb to distribute the mask over the entire length of the hair. Wrap polyethylene in the head, warm with a towel and keep the product for 2 hours. The mask can be left on all night. Next, rinse the hair with water and lemon juice (for 1 cup of water 1 teaspoon of juice) and rinse with shampoo.

Result: The mask prevents hair loss, accelerates their growth and improves appearance.

Use in traditional medicine

In home medicine mint make decoctions, infusions, drops and oil

In folk medicine, mint leaves are used as a medicinal raw material. Raw materials are harvested during the flowering period of the plant. For therapeutic use of medicinal herbs based on it prepare infusions, decoctions, oil.

Like any other medicinal plant, mint has its own rate of consumption, the excess of which leads to negative consequences. The daily rate of fresh leaves of mint - up to 15 g, mint drinks - no more than 2 cups.

You have learned about the use and contraindications of peppermint. Let us consider the recipes for the preparation of drugs based on plants.

Broth with gastritis

A decoction of medicinal herbs normalizes the digestive tract, cleans the body from decay products and increases appetite. The drink is used for the prevention and treatment of gastritis and other stomach disorders.

Ingredients:

  1. Leaves of the plant - 1 tablespoon.
  2. Water - 500 ml.

How to cook: Fill the mint leaves with boiling water, put in a water bath and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, cover with a towel and leave for at least 15 minutes.

How to use: Take ½ cup 3 times a day.

Result: Drink reduces the acidity of gastric juice, eliminates inflammation and pain.

Infusion from pressure

Mint infusion is used as a sedative. It is useful for stress, depression, insomnia. Drink relieves vascular spasms and normalizes blood circulation. It is used to lower blood pressure. Read more in the article - the use of mint tincture.

Ingredients:

  1. Dried herb - 1 tsp.
  2. Water - 200 ml.
  3. Honey - 1 tsp.

How to cook: Crush the leaves, cover with boiling water, cover and let it brew for 20 minutes. Dissolve a spoonful of honey in the drink.

How to use: Take 1 tablespoon of drink 3 times a day.

Result: Infusion lowers blood pressure, calms the nervous system and normalizes sleep.

Burn oil

This oil is used as an antiseptic to treat skin diseases and restore the epidermis after burns. The tool eliminates inflammation and accelerates the healing of the skin.

Ingredients:

  1. Dried mint - 100 gr.
  2. Vegetable oil - 200 ml.

How to cook: Cut the raw material, put it on the bottom of the glass container, pour the oil heated to 37 degrees and tightly close the lid. Insist the remedy for 8 weeks. Shake the oil periodically. Strain the finished product through cheesecloth and store in the refrigerator.

How to use: Apply the oil to the damaged areas of the skin and leave until completely absorbed.

Result: The product speeds up the regeneration, softens the skin and prevents the formation of scars.

Cold drops

Mint drops are used to treat a runny nose and relieve inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. They effectively eliminate hoarseness. Menthol is part of the pharmaceutical preparations for the treatment of rhinitis.

Ingredients:

  1. Leaves of a plant - 10 gr.
  2. Water - 300 ml.

How to cook: Grind mint leaves, cover them with boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for half an hour. Strain the finished product through a double layer of gauze. Store in the refrigerator.

How to use: Bury 2 drops of the product in each nostril.

Result: Drops ease breathing, relieve inflammation and swelling of the sinuses.

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Application for weight loss

Mint is used for weight loss. Brewed tea and added to food in the cooking process. The smell of mint reduces appetite, and chemicals in its composition calm the nervous system. Due to the removal of CNS overexcitation, the feeling of hunger is also dulled. The process of losing weight becomes less alarming.

Peppermint cleanses the body of toxins. And if you add a piece of ginger to the tea, the drink will help speed up the metabolism.

To make tea, a few leaves of mint are brewed in a glass of boiling water or green tea, they drink 1-3 cups a day. Do not overdo this drink if you have low blood pressure or bradycardia.

Contraindications and side effects

Before starting treatment with mint-based products, you should consult with a specialist. The doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage and course of administration. Overdose of mint leads to drowsiness.

Contraindications to the use of herbal medicines:

  • low blood pressure
  • During pregnancy and breastfeeding,
  • children up to 6 years old
  • individual intolerance.

You have learned about the benefits of mint medicines and contraindications to their use. Let's sum up.

What to remember

  1. Mint is widely used in cooking, cosmetology and home medicine, as well as used for weight loss.
  2. Useful properties of mint and contraindications to its use are in the composition of the plant.
  3. Plant based products have antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic effects.
  4. Before using peppermint as a medicine, it is necessary to consult with a specialist, especially during pregnancy.

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Mint composition

The following macronutrients are present in the composition of peppermint - potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, and also trace elements - iron, manganese, copper, zinc. In addition, the plant contains vitamins (groups B, A, C, PP), phytosterols, tannins, dietary fiber, lipoic and linolenic acids, amino acids, ashes, essential oils, including menthol.

Collecting and drying plants

In order to obtain medicinal raw materials use peppermint leaves or Folium Menthae piperitae. The collection is carried out in the first half of the day, since it is at this time that the highest concentration of essential oils is observed in the leaves. The plant is harvested during the period of maximum flowering (flowering plants up to 75%) in the month of July.

Raw materials are dried in special dryers at a temperature of about 35 ° C, with active air circulation. At home, the leaves are laid out in a thin layer on the prepared trays or spread out a layer of paper, which is placed in a well-ventilated place, without access by the sun. When drying, the plant should be immediately packed in fabric bags, glass jars or paper bags, since prolonged excessive drying can lead to the loss of some medicinal qualities.

Healing properties of peppermint

Preparations based on mint, including infusions, decoctions, teas, activate capillary blood circulation, and also, due to the stimulating effect on mucous membranes, they increase intestinal motility.

The galenic extracts from the plant exhibit the following actions:

  • soothing
  • pain killer
  • choleretic
  • antimicrobial,
  • bactericidal
  • antispasmodic,
  • tonic

Aqueous and other extracts from peppermint activate the secretory function of the digestive glands, including, stimulating the appetite, increase the separation of bile, relieve spasms, effectively reducing the tension of the smooth muscles of the intestine, urinary and biliary tract.

Mint in the fight against colds

Dissolving in a glass of mint tea a spoonful of salt (preferably sea), you get an excellent tool for gargling the painful throat and washing the nasal sinuses.

Inhalation with mint decoction will help relieve inflammation of the respiratory organs and runny nose. For the procedure, you will need a handful of dried leaves boiled for 2-3 minutes. Bend over a saucepan or a bowl of broth, cover your head with a towel and inhale menthol vapors through your nose or mouth. The time of such breathing is about 10 minutes, after which you should go to bed.

Peppermint soothing tea

Prepare the mint infusion, cool it a little and add a spoonful of natural honey, preferably polyfleric, for example, mountain or forest. This tea will help you quickly calm down, relieve tension and other effects of stress, as well as relax and fall asleep normally.

Familiar from childhood, palatable and medicinal plants can be grown in their summer cottage or directly on the windowsill to always be able to use its natural strength.

Plant description

Peppermint is perennial herb up to 80 centimeters with a tetrahedral erect stem of a reddish color with slight pubescence.

The stem and side shoots are covered with a large number of oblong leaves located on short petioles. The leaves of mint are small in size, are sawed, slightly pointed to the top of the head, dissected. Leaf color is dark green, but may be purple.

The flowers are small, are collected in inflorescences, spikelets, looks like bells, painted in pale purple color. The flowering period lasts from late June to mid-September.

Fruits appear very rarely, in shape resemble nuts.

Side effects and contraindications

Frequent or excessive use of medicinal plants can cause a number of side effects:

  • sleep disturbance, increased anxiety and irritability,
  • decrease in blood pressure with hypotension,
  • pain in the heart,
  • impaired breathing during inhalation,
  • violation of the tone of blood vessels, the risk of varicose veins,
  • reduced milk production during breastfeeding,
  • with frequent use, reduced potency in men and reproductive function in women.

Please be aware that peppermint preparations are contraindicated. Their use is not recommended in the following cases:

  • low blood pressure
  • pregnancy and lactation,
  • individual intolerance of the plant,
  • children's age up to one year, as part of menthol can cause impaired respiratory function, including its stop.

If the patient has no contraindications to the use of a medicinal plant, you should consult with your doctor, who will recommend the dosage.

Collection and preparation of raw materials

Peppermint is often grown in garden plots. The plant does not require special care, so it often takes large shady areas, which are well preserved moisture.

Harvesting the stems and leaves of the plant begins in June, when the plant blooms and contains the greatest amount of nutrients. After collection, the raw materials are washed and dried in the open air or in a dark, well-ventilated area. The shelf life of dry peppermint is two years.

Application in traditional medicine

Mint preparations are widely used in traditional and traditional medicine. It is used in the form of infusions, tea, decoctions, tinctures. It is used for the manufacture of warming and toning agents, improve blood circulationnormalizing heart rhythms.

  1. It helps with conditions such as nervous strain, stress, sleep disturbance.
  2. Relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect is used to relieve spasms of the stomach and intestines, with swelling and flatulence, indigestion, nausea, heartburn.
  3. Tannins that make up mint leaves help to get rid of intestinal cramps, ulcerative colitis and constipation.
  4. In combination with dandelion leaves, mint is used to treat diabetes.
  5. The herb has found widespread use in the treatment of skin diseases, relieving itching, inflammation.
  6. Fresh mint leaves are applied to damaged surfaces. They are used as lotions for gout, arthritis, insect bites.

Peppermint Infusion

This is the easiest way to prepare the drug. It requires a teaspoon of dried raw materials, pour a glass of boiling water and insist for 20-25 minutes. Then the tool is filtered and brought to a volume of 200 ml. The medication is carried out 2−3 times a day and 1 tablespoon.

Infusion is good for insomnia, spastic pain in the abdomen, heartburn.

Alcohol tincture

The preparation of drugs using alcohol increases its healing properties. Tincture is used for inhalation in diseases of the upper respiratory tract, bronchitis. It is used as a warming agent for grinding and treating migraines and skin diseases.

For the preparation of peppermint tincture will need 20 grams of mint leaves and 100 ml of ethyl alcohol. Raw materials are poured with alcohol and insist 10−14 days in a dark place. The tool take 10−15 drops, diluting with water.

Peppermint oil and tea

Peppermint oil is effective in diseases of the digestive system. It is taken in diluted form, or dripped on a piece of sugar. It is also used to treat acne, inflammation of the skin and migraines.

Mint tea is a fragrant gentle drink with a pleasant cooling taste. It is prepared from the leaves of the plant. Tea has tonic and soothing properties. It is effective in the treatment of colds.

To make tea, a tablespoon of leaves and flowers is poured with a glass of boiling water and infused for 10 minutes. Honey or sugar can be added to the drink.

Use in cosmetology

Peppermint is used to prepare anti-aging and toning facial masks, cleansing lotions and compresses.

To improve skin elasticity ice cubes with frozen infusion are used. This frozen infusion tones and refreshes the skin, relieves inflammation and fatigue. The tool helps to restore the water balance of the skin, get rid of acne, improve the complexion and skin texture.

Such procedures are not recommended for hypersensitivity to menthol, varicose veins and a tendency to allergic reactions.

A decoction of mint leaves helps to get rid of dandruff and brittle hair, enhance their growth, relieve itching and irritation from the skin. To do this, a few drops of peppermint oil is added to the shampoo.