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Medicinal Herb Profile: Peppermint

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Parts Used: Leaf and flower


Key constituents: Volatile oils (menthol and menthone), flavonoids, phenolic acid, triterpines, calcium, magnesium, potassium


Safety factor: Safe. No known reactions or harmful side effects


Uses: Peppermint is used medicinally in teas, extracts, essential oils, and food. Peppermint is frequently used as a digestive aid, reducing gas and easing nausea. As an anti-spasmodic, it can help muscles relax and soothe stomach cramping. Peppermint also has pain relieving properties: it can help relieve the pain of headaches, bee stings, burns, and tooth aches.

How to use:

Brew fresh into tea, dry, or add to salads, soups, drinks, and pestos for it's refreshing flavor and nutritional value.


To Dry: Wash if needed, and dry well. Tie together the root ends and hang in an attic, pantry, cupboard, or closet. A dark dry place with good air circulation is best. When greens are crumbly, transfer to a jar or other air tight container and store away from direct light.


Peppermint Sun Tea: Add a handful of fresh peppermint leaves to a quart jar and fill with clean water. Cover and let sit in the sun for four hours or until you notice the water's color change. Serve over ice or refrigerate until ready to drink.


Rejuvenation Tonic (from Rosemary Gladstar's "Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide")

"A lightly uplifting tea, perfect for a morning wake up or an afternoon pick-me-up."

1 part green tea

1 part holy basil leaf

1 part peppermint leaf

Put 4-6 tablespoons of dried herb (or 6-8 tablespoons of fresh herb) into a glass quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs, filling the jar. Cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink.

Drink 1 cup as needed throughout the day, avoiding drinking in the evening due to the caffeine from the green tea.


Digestive Aid (from Rosemary Gladstar's "Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide")

To relieve upset stomachs and indigestion

1 part chamomile flower

1 part dill leaf and seed

1 part peppermint leaf

Put 4-6 tablespoons of dried herb (or 6-8 tablespoons of fresh herb) into a glass quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs, filling the jar. Cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink.

Drink 1/2 cup of warm tea before and after meals.




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