Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
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Channels Entered: Kidney, Heart, Lungs
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Peppermint is a well known popular herb used in teas and as a flavoring for many products. Because it is such a pleasant tasting herb, it is easy to administer peppermint to children's remedies. Peppermint has a cooling energetic with a secondary warming affect, and is a spicy herb with a drying nature.
Peppermint is best known for its ability to calm an upset stomach in children and to abate nausea. It is also useful for other digestive issues such as car sickness, indigestion (especially when combined with fennel seed), and as an appetite stimulant for children with poor appetites. Peppermint is ideal for children who have vomiting spells.
Peppermint leaf is ideal for helping to dispel colds and flu's. Peppermint has a diaphoretic actions, which means that it stimulates perspiration. In Chinese medicine, a cold is considered and external pathogen that must be pushed to the surface and then pushed out of the body. Diaphoretic herbs open the pores and release external pathogens. Because peppermint promotes sweating, it is helpful with fevers associated with influenza.
The essential oils of this plant give peppermint the stimulating aroma that heightens the senses and clears the sinuses. Essential oils tend to be highly anti-microbial, and peppermint has a historical uses for antibiotic qualities. Additionally, peppermint essential oil is seen as anti-fungal that can be combined with tea tree oil for topical application of ring worm. Peppermint is a topical analgesic for pain and cramps because and has antispasmodic qualities.
Peppermint is a bit too stimulating for babies, but children benefit from the gentle healing qualities of this herb through teas and baths. Mint is easy to grow in a spot with partial shade, but can be invasive so should be planted where it is allowed to grow unabated. Peppermint grown from seed lacks the rich essential oils that makes it valuable in medicinal herbalism, so plants with robust aromas should be purchased for planting.
Peppermint should be harvested before it flowers, or any time throughout the growing season as needed. Peppermint should never be boiled when preparing a medicinal tea, rather the leaves should be covered with water that has been taken off of a boil for ten minutes. The tea or essential oil can be added to a child's bath water for an easy therapeutic treatment.
Essential oils of peppermint must always be diluted in olive oil to 5% before adding it to baths or applying it to skin; the essential oil of peppermint can easily burn the mucus membrane and skin of a child if used undiluted. Peppermint is not considered a tonic, and is more appropriate for acute conditions that are treated within a matter of weeds rather than chronic conditions that take many months to treat.
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variety - Lungs
variety - Liver