General information

Peppermint: benefits and contraindications, beneficial properties of the plant

In the leaves and flowers of this plant in large quantities contains essential oil, due to which the mint has a therapeutic effect on the human body. In addition, it contains tannins, rutin, organic acids, vitamins and other beneficial substances. Menthol is the main component of peppermint oil acting on the body.

Peppermint leaves can be used both fresh and dried or frozen. They are brewed with boiling water, getting a useful aromatic herbal infusion, many use it as a tea. This drink is very refreshing in the heat. Due to the content of vitamins and other herbal ingredients, it has a tonic effect. Mint tea will help to cope with intoxication and reduce body temperature for colds, because it has a weak diuretic and diaphoretic effects.

The peppermint tea lacks caffeine, which is quite abundant in black and even green teas, so it can be safely consumed at any time of the day. Thanks to this property, people who are forced to limit the consumption of beverages containing caffeine have rated it. A cup of warm mint tea with honey, drunk in the evening, will help relieve nervous tension, relax and fall asleep faster, as the substances contained in the mint have a soothing effect. Peppermint mint can be seen in the composition of such phytopreparations with a sedative effect, such as Persen, Valemidin, as well as agents that normalize sleep in children, Bay-Bay, Morpheus, etc.

Peppermint decoction is also useful for the digestive system. It has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, regenerating, choleretic action, helps get rid of heartburn and flatulence. Mint tea is indispensable for peptic ulcer, gastritis, colitis and other inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. They are recommended to replace black tea with biliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis, pancreatitis and hepatitis. Mint drops, pills and lozenges are used as a remedy for nausea, herbal decoction will help to cope with the symptoms of toxicosis to pregnant women.

Menthol contained in peppermint is useful for upper respiratory tract diseases, it helps relieve bronchospasm and helps to dilute sputum. Its decoction is recommended for bronchial asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. The leaves of the plant are added to formulations for inhalation in the treatment of these diseases. Using these properties, some manufacturers add menthol to cigarettes.

Due to the vasodilating action of menthol, peppermint is useful in ischemic heart disease and hypertension. On the basis of raw materials obtained from mint, the preparations known to be all validol and corvalol are produced. The plant has a diuretic effect, so it will help to cope with edema, including heart. Substances included in its composition, reduce blood cholesterol, so that mint is useful in atherosclerosis.

External use of peppermint

Broths and preparations made on the basis of mint, are widely used externally. Peppermint oil will help with headaches and migraines - they rub their temples with them. When rhinitis menthol drops lubricate the nasal passages, they have a local vasoconstrictor effect, soften the mucous membrane and reduce the fragility of blood vessels.

Menthol, which is rich in peppermint oil, when applied externally has a local analgesic, cooling effect and relieves itching. That is why the essential oil itself, as well as preparations containing menthol (menovazin, bromentole ointment, etc.), are used for neuralgia, muscle pain, as well as skin diseases with itching.

The oil obtained from this plant is part of the “Dental drops” preparation, which is locally used for toothache, and it helps alleviate the pain syndrome before dental care is provided.

Peppermint and herbal preparations based on it can cause various allergic reactions. Children need to enter into the diet mint tea, starting with 1 tsp.

In addition to individual intolerance, the negative impact of mint on the body in the vast majority of cases is due to the abuse of mint decoction. Drinking one glass of herbal tea a day will only benefit the body.

It is not recommended to abuse this plant in case of severe hypotension, since this may lead to an even greater decrease in blood pressure.

You should not use this herbal drink in large quantities with cholelithiasis, because the substances contained in it, have antispasmodic and choleretic action.

There is evidence that mint decoction can reduce male potency, but with moderate use (up to 3 cups of tea per day), no negative effects are observed.

Peppermint oil is contraindicated to be used for lubrication of the nasal passages in children. Other preparations containing mint, too, often have limitations in use in children, so they should not be used without a doctor's prescription.

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In excessive amounts, mint is harmful even for an absolutely healthy person. If you consume more than 1-2 cups a day, you may experience nausea, heartburn, weakness, rashes, dizziness, and severe headache. In case of overdose, mint can provoke a bronchospasm, pain in the heart, insomnia. So do not absorb mint gulls 10 cups a day, remember that it is still a medicinal plant.