Peppermint

 

Peppermint

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Properties: astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiseptic and an expectorant.

Usage What it’s good for
Added to a vaporiser/burner or diluted and rubbed into skin Bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, asthma, spasmodic coughs and sore throats. Eases mental fatigue, nervous stress and palpitations. Also an insect repellent.
Massage or added to bathwater Nausea, diarrhoea, neuralgia, indigestion, colic, stomach cramp, dyspepsia, flatulence and travel sickness.
Applied to skin (diluted) or as a compress Oily skin, acne and dermatitis, ringworm, scabies, toothache, headache and muscle fatigue.
As a mouthwash (diluted) Bad breath.

Caution: not to be used during first three months of pregnancy. Can irritate skin, so dilute well; don’t swallow when using as a mouthwash. Don’t use while taking homeopathic remedies.