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Medicinal Herbs: Peppermint
Plants have long been used for disease prevention and as natural remedies, by humans, other animals, and even by plants. Much of what we have learned so far, has come to us by watching dietary habits of animals in the wild, from personal experience, and second-hand knowledge passed down from others. Today, herbalism is common, and more is known about the medicinal properties of plants. There is in fact, so much data about so many plants, and so much yet to come, that I felt it necessary to limit the number of plants in the following list of medicinal herbs. I therefore decided to focus on a handful of plants, which grow best in the wild in my local area, or are easy to find, propagate and grow indoors.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)Parts Used: flowers, leaves
Nutrients: vitamins (vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, choline, C, E, P), minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc)
Medicinal Properties: analgesic, anesthetic (oil), antacid, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidepressant, antiemetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic (oil), antiprotozoal, antirheumatic (oil), antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, aphrodisiac, appetizer, astringent, bitter, cardiotonic, carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue (oil, or in large doses), emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, hypertensive, laxative, nervine, preservative (oil), restorative, sedative, stimulant (oil), stomachic, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary
Phytochemicals: carvone, cineole, limonene, menthol, menthone, pinene, salicylates, salicylic acid, thymol, ursolic acid
Safety Precautions: not for use during pregnancy or nursing (because it can reduce milk production); not for infants
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