Peppermint is a popular and widespread herbaceous plant with a specific odor from the family of Lambs. Cultural species was obtained by hybridization of wild varieties of mint garden and water.
The plant is cultivated everywhere by gardeners, and also grown on an industrial scale, especially in the territory of the Voronezh region and the Krasnodar Territory. It is a valuable honey plant - the resulting honey has a pleasant mint flavor and impeccable amber color. It prefers swampy terrain, but is generally unpretentious to the soil and germination conditions. Some gardeners consider the plant a weed.
Medicinal properties and contraindications of peppermint have been studied for a long time and are sufficiently studied. As a result, the plant is actively used in industrial pharmaceuticals and traditional medicine, and is also used for deodorizing premises, clothes and shoes, in cooking, perfumery, the food industry, etc.
Rhizome horizontal, branched, with fibrous thin roots. The stem is straight, from 30 to 100 cm in height, hollow inside, has 4 faces. The plant is characterized by a large number of side branches and leaves. The leaves are opposite, are located crosswise, have an oblong-ovate form and short petioles. The tips of the leaves are pointed, the base is heart-shaped and pointed at the edge.
The flowers are small in size, light purple in color, at the apex are collected by semi-strips, from which spike-shaped inflorescences are formed. Flowering occurs in the summer, from June to September. The fruit consists of 4 nuts, is formed quite rarely.
Harvesting and storage of raw materials
Medicinal value has aerial part. For independent preparation, mint leaves are most suitable, which should be collected in dry weather at the beginning of flowering.
Raw materials are dried in the air in the shade. If the leaves are collected, they are dried on clean paper, if the branches - you can dry them with canopies. Mint dries well and quickly, after which it is placed in a cardboard box for storage. The shelf life of dry raw materials is 2 years.
To grind raw materials should be immediately before the preparation of the medicine, but not in advance, so as not to lose valuable essential oil.
The chemical composition of peppermint
The well-known smell of mint is nothing more than an essential oil, with which the plant is very rich. The oil is a clear liquid with a greenish or yellowish tinge, a pleasant fresh taste and aroma. The content of the essential oil is different in different parts of the plant: the leaves contain 2.5-4.5% of the essential oil, inflorescences - 4-6% of the liquid, and the stems - up to 0.3%. The more favorable growth conditions, the greater the amount of essential oil contains the plant. The composition of the essential oil is represented by menthol, menthol ethers (valeric and acetic acids), alpha-pinene, pulegone, cyneol, dipentene, beta-phellandrene and other terpenoids.
Fresh leaves also contain tannins and resinous substances, organic acids, betaine, carotene, trace elements, hesperidin, bitterness, vitamins, neutral saponins, glucose, etc. in the islands.
So, 100 grams of fresh leaves of a plant contain:
- 70 kilocalories
- 78.7 gr. water,
- 14.9 grams carbohydrate
- 8 gr. fiber,
- 3.8 gr. proteins,
- 0.9 gr. fat
- 0.2 gr. saturated fatty acids,
- 570 mg of potassium,
- 80 mg of magnesium,
- 30 mg of sodium
- 75 mg of phosphorus,
- 243 mg of calcium
- 5 mg of iron
- 30 mg vit. WITH,
- 1.7 mg vit. IN 3,
- 0.3 mg of Vit. B2 and B5,
- 0.1 mg of Vit. B1 and B6.
Medicinal properties of mint
The plant is used in a number of diseases. A great contribution to the study of the properties of mint was once made by the British, who in a series of experiments found out the effect of menthol on the human body. In contact with skin or mucous membranes, menthol causes irritation of cold receptors, stimulates the narrowing of superficial vessels and the reflex dilatation of vessels supplying internal organs. It is this effect and a slight local anesthetic effect that is used in the relief of strokes (a known drug, validol).
Mint preparations have the following therapeutic effects:
- pain killer
- improves digestion and appetite
The scope of mint is wide - it is used to treat diseases:
- viral and bacterial nature, proceeding according to the type of ARD: angina, pharyngitis, bronchitis, bronchospasm, rhinitis, and also tuberculosis,
- cardiovascular system: hypertension, angina pectoris, circulatory failure, coronary spasm. Also used for heart palpitations,
- nervous system: insomnia, depression, nervous excitement, stress, migraine, loss of attention and memory,
- digestive systems: nausea, vomiting, spasmodic pain, colic, flatulence, poor appetite, hepatitis, gastritis, incl. caused by H. pylori, cystitis, cholecystitis, salmonellosis, gallstones, ICD, irritable bowel syndrome, worm infestation, oral diseases,
- skin and mucous membranes: itching, rash, including herpetic nature, dermatitis, burns, acne, acne, dandruff, insect bites, sweating, oily skin, enlarged pores and wrinkles,
- female genital area: heavy menstruation, manifestations of menopause,
- pain syndrome: toothache and headache, smooth muscle spasm, myalgia, bruises, sprains, neuralgia.
With the preventive purpose, the anticarcinogenic effect of peppermint is actively used, especially expressed in the prevention of cancer of the skin, colon, pancreas, liver, lungs, breast and prostate gland.
Preparations of the plant are used to improve the immune system. Peppermint increases the resistance of cells in the body during long-term exposure to small doses of radiation, so it can be used in parallel with the course of treatment of cancer, as well as in cases of living in an unfavorable radiological environment.
Contraindications to mint
- Stomach achlorhydria,
- Increased acidity of gastric juice,
- Individual intolerance to the preparations of the plant,
- Severe allergic reactions, including food,
- Infertility, reduced ability to conceive, both in women and men,
- Great weakness, weakness, drowsiness,
- Children age up to 3 years, and for dosage forms with a high content of menthol - up to 6 years.
Use for women during pregnancy and lactation
If there are no contraindications, and the doctor allows the use of mint, you can use them to combat nausea that accompanies toxicosis. But mint during pregnancy should be taken in very small doses, since women in the position often develop allergic reactions to various plants.
It is believed that mint in small quantities improves lactation, and in large quantities it suppresses it, therefore it can be used in moderate amounts in nursing mothers, again, if allowed by the attending physician and pediatrician. How much you can drink peppermint should also check with your doctor.
Mint Leaf Infusion
Used alcohol and water tincture:
- For the preparation of water infusion 1 tbsp. dry mint pour boiling water (200 ml) and insist in a thermos for 60 minutes, filter. Take 3-4 sips a day for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, digestive disorders, for colds, coughs, to relieve heart pain. In the treatment of diseases of the nervous system take 100 ml three times a day so that the last reception was before bedtime. Externally used in cosmetology to improve complexion, eliminate wrinkles, increased skin oily skin and enlarged pores.
- To obtain an alcohol setting, 1 part of dry raw material is mixed with 5 parts of vodka, kept for 14 days in the dark. Apply for rubbing with some skin diseases and migraines (rub whiskey). Inside take in the form of diluted with water, 10-15 drops twice or three times a day. - to relieve pain, for women's problems (heavy menstruation, menopause), for prophylactic purposes.
1 tbsp. 500 ml of water is poured into dry raw materials and cooked on a slow fire for 15 minutes and another 15 minutes are drawn and filtered. Drink 100 ml with the addition of honey (1 tsp.) With nausea, palpitations, as well as unpleasant smell from the mouth.
- When dermatosis add broth to the bath, but make it more concentrated (50 grams. Herbs
10 liters of water in the bath).
Tea with mint
The most popular medicinal form of the plant is tea with mint, the benefits and harms of which have long been studied. To make tea, take both dried and fresh leaves in a volume of 2 tbsp. and fill them with 1 l. boiling water in the kettle.
It should be understood that mint tea is medicinal, and it cannot be consumed as usual black or green tea. The optimal dose for adults is 100 ml, 2-3 r per day, and a child, 50 ml each, with the same frequency.
It is used in the treatment of colitis, spasms and pain of the digestive tract, nausea, flatulence, to improve digestion and appetite, as a choleretic drug. Well helps with colds, neurosis and chronic fatigue. Appointed for rinsing the mouth, throat and rinsing the nose. Used in diseases of the respiratory tract - with bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis for inhalation.
It is difficult to get this dosage form yourself, so you should buy ready-made oil at a pharmacy. For internal use, 2-4 drops drop on a piece of sugar and dissolve. It has a therapeutic effect in diseases of the heart, lungs, liver and gall bladder, nervous system, headaches, flatulence, helps to recover from a long illness.
Externally used for spot application to acne elements, insect bites, temples (with headaches), joints (with joint pain), throat and chest to relieve colds, muscle projection (with myalgias).
To obtain them, you must take medical alcohol 90% of the fortress, mint oil and dry mint leaves. On 1 part of raw materials take 20 parts of alcohol, insist 1 day, periodically shaking the contents. At the end enter 1 part of peppermint oil. Take 10 drops 2 times a day with water for digestive disorders such as cramps, nausea, flatulence, diarrhea.
For foot bath 50 grams of leaves pour 1000 ml of boiling water and insist 30 minutes under the lid. In a warm condition, poured into a bowl and put his feet there for 15 minutes. Recommended for excessive sweating of the feet, at night.
Useful and healing properties of mint
Medicinal plant is used as a choleretic, sedative, painkiller. It has pronounced bactericidal, antiseptic properties. The herb has a hypotensive, vasodilating, antispasmodic effect.
Mint is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of drugs (Corvalol, heart drops, valocordin, validol). The medicinal properties of a plant allow its use in the presence of diseases of various body systems:
- Digestive: appointed in case of nausea, belching, heartburn, flatulence, spasms. The use of drugs based on peppermint helps to improve digestion, activates intestinal peristalsis. Effective with cholecystitis, various forms of hepatitis, gallstone disease, metabolic disorders. Destroys pathogenic microflora in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Circulatory: recommended for normalization of blood circulation, treatment of angina pectoris, hypertension.
- Nervous: has a sedative effect on migraine, stress, neuralgia, depression, insomnia.
- Respiratory: appointed as an adjunct in asthmatic bronchitis, sore throat, colds of bacterial or viral etiology.
Useful peppermint and for women. It is recommended in the presence of inflammatory processes in the organs of the reproductive system, facilitates the state during menopause. The use of mint tea improves well-being during pregnancy: eliminates heartburn, minimizes the manifestations of toxicosis.
Peppermint - what is this plant
Peppermint is a perennial herb that grows up to 50-80 cm. It begins to be harvested from mid-summer (July-August), when the budding period begins. Since it is with the onset of the phase of formation of flowers, the medicinal herb begins to accumulate its most valuable and useful component - essential mint oil. Flowering plant from June to September.
Photo of peppermint:
Mint contains tannins, ascorbic acid, flavonoids, esters, bitterness, menthol. Mint leaf leaves contain essential oil, and its main component is menthol. It is menthol that gives the plant bactercidal properties, as well as the characteristic recognizable taste and smell. After collecting, it is preferable to dry the mint in the fresh air, it can be stored for 2 years.
The most commonly used dosage of mint infusion is 5 g leaves per 1 cup of boiling water. After infusion (15 minutes), consume a quarter of a glass inside every 3 hours. Or a more concentrated option: 1 tablespoon of a slide is poured with 1 cup of boiling water, infused in a thermos for about an hour. After filtering, take 1-2 tablespoons 5 times a day.
Mint leaves have been used in folk medicine, official medicine, with dried or fresh raw materials being used equally well. Various charges with mint are used for the treatment of diseases, as well as for their prevention. Teas, decoctions, tinctures - both independent and in combination with other healing herbs are one of the ancient medical drugs that are widely used today. Many modern medicines, heart drops contain mint extract in their composition.
Mint leaves (fresh or dried, ground) are used to prepare various dishes, desserts. They are used as spices for meat or fish. From the leaves cooked jam. They are added in the preparation of cocktails, alcoholic beverages, put in pastries. Add to various teas for weight loss, soups, sauces, vegetable dishes, salads.
Even in cosmetology, mint has found its vocation: it is added to masks for hair, body, compresses, creams. The extract, the essential oil from it is an ingredient for toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, and many other care products. Peppermint oil is a frequently used note in perfumery.
Peppermint - harm and good
Menthol contained in mint dilates the coronary vessels and is famous for its antiseptic, local anesthetic, antispasmodic action. The list of useful qualities of this plant is quite wide, consider the main properties:
- A sedative, partially sedative effect, as a result of which mint is used for insomnia, nervous irritability. The healing effect is achieved by drinking tea or decoction of the leaves.
- Improves the gastrointestinal tract, has anti-inflammatory effect, relieves mild pain, relieves spasms of the stomach, intestines.
- Relieves a condition at swelling, a meteorism, stops processes of rotting, fermentation.
- Has antiemetic effect.
- It has a choleretic effect.
- Teas, decoctions are used to treat diseases of the kidneys, bladder.
- For skin irritations, itching, use compresses or baths of decoction.
The healing properties of peppermint is used for bronchitis, colds, cardiovascular diseases, migraines, and dental neurology.
However, with all its useful characteristics mint can harm. Fortunately, the list of warnings is small, but these points should be taken into account.
- If you suffer from low blood pressure, then taking mint tea will only aggravate the condition.
- For nursing or pregnant women, mint is undesirable. But it also helps to cope with toxemia, as it is one of the best natural antiemetics. In such cases, you need to discuss this issue with your doctor. Perhaps in your particular case, the reception of this plant will bring only positive results.
- Contraindications of peppermint spread to people who suffer from varicose veins, as it can reduce the tone of blood vessels.
- If you are going to get behind the wheel, it is better not to use mint tea - it reduces the concentration, promotes drowsiness. When brewing tea or decoction, always observe the dosage, its excess leads to apathy, loss of vigor.
- You can not use the mint for the treatment of infants - it can cause respiratory failure. In general, it is undesirable for children, it is better to first discuss the use of mint-containing medicines with a doctor.
- There is an opinion that this plant is able to suppress the libido in men, so the male sex should not be abused with the same mint tea.
- Women who have problems with fertility, should also exclude or limit the reception of mint-containing teas, medications, as this can only aggravate the situation.
- Если вы страдаете индивидуальной непереносимостью ментола, понятное дело, что мяту употреблять нельзя.
It remains to add that for the preparation of decoctions (infusions) it is better to use purified or melt water. To achieve a stable preventive effect, it is better to use mint tea regularly in the morning, on an empty stomach.
This plant is completely unpretentious, it can be settled at his dacha, that is, always have at hand. Before using raw materials, it is best to grind to the opportunity to maximally release the beneficial qualities of the healing essential oil.
The main thing to remember is that in whatever form peppermint is used, the medicinal properties and contraindications of the plant must be studied and taken into account.
Medicinal plant obtained by hybridization of similar cultures of mint. In the wild form does not grow. Billets are held in specialized state farms. Menthol is extracted from the leaves, which is a part of sedatives, antiseptics, preparations for normalization of the gastrointestinal tract.
Among the ancient Greek myths, there is a beautiful story about the nymph Mint, who became the beloved lord of the realm of the dead, Hades. His wife Persephone of jealousy killed her rival, tearing her body to pieces. At the place of the death of Minta, a wonderful plant with a wonderful aroma, named after a nymph, grew. This plant was highly valued in the times of ancient Greece, it became part of the cultural traditions of ancient Rome. Today, the medicinal properties and contraindications of peppermint interest humanity no less.
In the rich houses of the Roman nobles mint was used regularly. It was added to the water when taking baths, giving it the ability to relax the body and pacify the soul. She rubbed the tables in front of the feasts, as it was believed that the aroma of mint uplifting and helping the fun.
But in ancient times, mint was not the same as today. Rather, its main variety, used today for therapeutic purposes, did not exist. It was brought out by English breeders only in the seventeenth century, having created a hybrid of two types of culture: water and green.
Peppermint. Botanical illustration from the book “Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen”, 1887.
The resulting culture is largely ahead of nature. It turned out to be more resistant to external conditions, with a more active and spreading herbal part. The root system of peppermint is powerful, consists of one long, creeping rhizome, from which numerous appendages depart.
From the root, stems develop, straight and tetrahedral, growing on rich soil up to a meter in height. Leaves of elongated ovoid shape are formed on the stem, sessile opposite on short petioles. The edges of the leaves are covered with small teeth, their surface is saturated green. Leaves grow up to eight centimeters in length.
The period of flowering culture is long, observed from June to late September. Flowers form in compact inflorescences, are located close to each other, make up the "spikelets". Flowers are small, reddish or purple, regular shape. After flowering, ovaries are rarely formed. If they appear, they look like small nuts of a rounded shape, but more often the flower falls away and exposes the stem.
Geography and distribution
As a hybrid, peppermint does not propagate by seed. Even if they are formed, and then germinate, a new plant resembles maternal a little. It develops weak, small, and practically does not smell. In its composition there are no valuable substances that determine the healing properties of mint.
Vegetatively propagated culture - root processes or cuttings. Specialized farms are created for cultivation. In Russia, these are located in the Krasnodar Territory and the Voronezh Region. To meet peppermint in the wild is extremely difficult, since the population of feral cultures is extremely limited.
You can grow a culture and in the summer cottage. This will require part of the root of the parent plant. The root is laid in the wetted earth on a sunny or semi-shady area. Usually culture takes root well. A feature of this variety is the ability to grow from the smallest piece of the root.
Collecting and harvesting
Peppermint leaves and apical part of the plant with buds are used in the pharmacological area. Since the process of accumulation of useful substances in them occurs gradually as they grow, the collection of raw materials is carried out when the vegetation of the plant stops. This period is important not to miss: when the leaves stop growing, their contents begin to oxidize. The optimal time for procurement of raw materials is the middle of the flowering period, when one part of the plants is already actively flowering, and on the others, fully formed buds are noticeable.
For harvesting raw materials in specialized farms, combine harvesters and automatic mowers are used. In the gardens, peppermint mint is removed with a cutting tool. Cut stalks with scissors or shears, trying not to damage the rhizome, from which the stalks will develop again next year.
To collect choose dry and hot weather. It is important that there is no dew on the grass. Dry the raw materials directly at the gathering place, laying out on the field. The plant dries very quickly, literally within two days. Then the raw materials are collected and threshed, brushing off the stems from the leaves. Stems are not used as a medicinal material.
With proper storage in canvas bags or wooden box healing properties of mint are stored for two years.
Composition and properties
The plant contains an essential oil, the volume of which in leaves is from one to three percent. Also present in it are flavanoids, carathinodes, ursuloic acid, betaine. From the point of view of traditional and official medicine, the most important component of the plant is its oil.
It is a colorless or liquidish liquid. Completely transparent, has a pronounced fresh smell. When touched, it creates a feeling of cold, it does not taste bitter. The composition of the oil to forty-six percent of menthol - the main active ingredient of medicinal raw materials. The structure is complemented by esters of organic acids and terpenoids.
When used topically, the oil irritates the skin and mucous membranes. Possesses bactericidal qualities. Important beneficial properties of mint are in the ability to act on the nerve endings and activate the body reflexes. The following effects of menthol allow you to fully determine the usefulness of mint.
- Local anesthetic. On the surface of the skin, the substance activates cold receptors, from which there is a feeling of coolness and tingling. Reflexively, stimulation of cold receptors is met by the vessels of the outer skin. They narrow down, reducing blood flow to the skin. This is related to the ability of a medicinal plant to temporarily relieve pain in places of bruises, cuts, injuries, or medical, cosmetic manipulations.
- Expansion of vessels. Simultaneously with the narrowing of the vessels on the surface areas of the body, their reflex expansion in the organs takes place. This reduces blood pressure, decreases the severity of pain in the region of the heart.
- Improvement of the gastrointestinal tract. With internal use, menthol acts on the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. It activates their peristalsis, as it has an irritating effect, due to which the digestion process is more intensive. As a local antiseptic, it inhibits the processes of decay in the intestine, improves the secretion of the glands of the digestive tract.
Despite the fact that the composition of mint is well studied, there are controversial aspects of its effects on the body of men and women.
Popular Mint Questions
The main controversial factor is the ability of a culture to influence human hormones. Studies of this issue were carried out in 2007 by Turkish scientists. During the experiment on laboratory mice, it was found that the use of peppermint tincture can increase the amount of estrogen in the body.
This has caused even more questions that are answered by experts.
- Can I use mint when breastfeeding? “Mint can change the amount of milk in a nursing mother,” comments Svetlana Panina, a breastfeeding consultant. - At the first reception and rare applications tides will be observed. This is due to the fact that menthol dilates blood vessels, activates blood circulation. Accordingly, milk is better discharged from the breast. But the systematic use of mint for breastfeeding women is not recommended, as it can cause depression, decrease activity, and disrupt the rhythm of the heart. ” These effects are associated with the overall effect of menthol on the body. Probably, the hormonal background with a single and even periodic use of mint in small quantities does not change.
- How does mint affect pressure? Since taking the plant inside and even inhaling menthol causes vasodilation, a decrease in blood pressure is observed. Therefore, one of the mint contraindications is hypotension.
- Can I use mint during pregnancy? “In recent years, several studies have been conducted on the effect of peppermint on the body of a pregnant woman and child,” obstetrician-gynecologist Yana Karabanovich specifies. - They did not reveal the negative impact of the plant on the development of the child. If you like mint flavor, you can safely drink one or two cups of fragrant herbal tea throughout the day. ” This drink eliminates the nausea that occurs in the first trimester, so mint for women in the situation, heavily tolerant of toxicosis, will even be useful. However, its use for therapeutic purposes during pregnancy is not desirable. “Culture contains phytoestrogens - compounds close to female hormones,” continues Yana Karabanovich. - With regular admission, they are able to change during pregnancy, stimulate the muscles of the uterus, creating a threat of miscarriage. Therefore, if you experience irritation, are nervous and plan to use the plant as a sedative, be sure to consult your doctor. It will help you choose a safer solution. ”
- Is there a danger in taking mint for men? An experiment conducted by Turkish scientists, revealed the ability of mint to increase the level of female sex hormones. Therefore, theoretically, its use can cause problems with potency and a decrease in sexual desire. At the same time, the plant has a sedative, relaxing effect, which also reduces libido. But it is important to bear in mind that in the experiment on mice, the animals did not receive any more liquid than an aqueous solution of mint extract. By relating the weight of the mouse to the adult male, it can be estimated how large the dosage was during the experiment. Therefore, it is not necessary to completely exclude mint from the man’s diet. With its periodic use in the form of tea culture will not bring any harm. If the use is regular, it is possible the depression of potency.
Chemical composition and caloric content
Peppermint consists mainly of carbohydrates. There are almost 4 times less protein in this plant, but practically no fat. Mint also contains 8 grams of dietary fiber found in cellulose cellulose. Most of the water in the plant - almost 80 g, and the least fat (3.75 g) and ash (1.76 g). Due to the high percentage of carbohydrates, mint has a calorie content of 70 Kcal.
The plant is very rich in vitamins. If you arrange them in descending order of quantity, you get the following list:
- PP - 1, 706 mg with a daily rate of 20 mg,
- C - 31.8 mg with the need of 90 mg,
- B5 (pantothenic acid) - 0.338 mg at a rate of 5 mg,
- B2 (riboflavin) - 0.266 mg with a daily requirement of 1.8 mg,
- B6 (pyridoxine) - 0.129 mg, when 2 mg per day is required,
- B1 (thiamine) - at the rate of 1.5 mg per day,
- A - 212 mcg when the need per day is 900 mcg,
- B9 - 114 mcg at the desired level of 400 mcg per day.
Fully fill the need for vitamins per day with mint is impossible. But the amount of nutrients in this plant is large, which explains its medicinal properties. Omega-3 and -6 acids are also present in the mint, which help to maintain an optimal level of cholesterol in the blood, as well as ensure the proper functioning of the heart.
In addition to the listed beneficial components, peppermint contains phytosterols and minerals.
Among the macro and micronutrients can be found:
Peppermint is an extremely useful product that helps to compensate for the lack of vitamins and minerals. But it is necessary to use this plant carefully because of the presence of contraindications.
- curly (curly)
Ordinary mint is often called fragrant. It has the brightest smell and is an independent species. And peppermint is a hybrid of garden and water. It is distinguished from other dense thick stem.
All mint differ in properties, but it is pepper pepper that has more healing properties.
Peppermint tea has a mild sedative effect. It calms the nervous system, relieves tension, helps a person to relax. The daily use of such tea will give confidence and peace of mind that will help to better solve business issues and easier to communicate with people.
The drink should be consumed fresh, so that the beneficial properties do not disappear, and the effect was strongest.
For its preparation, it is enough to add a sprig of fresh or dried mint to the teapot.
Infusion and decoction
Peppermint infusion helps as a hypnotic. It is popular for young children who, due to over-stimulation, cannot calm down for a long time in the evening. A warm, pleasant drink makes you sleepy and eases the transition from activity to rest. To do this, pour boiling water over a sprig of peppermint and give the baby from 20 to 250 ml depending on age. Do not interfere with the use of infusion and parents who find it hard to fall asleep after a hard day's work.
Peppermint oil is widely used as a sedative. For this, it is dripped into a special pendant and worn around the neck.
- A great way to improve sleep is to apply oil on a cotton pad and put it near the head of the bed or under the pillow.
- Also, this tool helps to get rid of headaches. It is applied to the skin in the temple, mixing 1 drop with 1 tablespoon of fake oil of apricot or grape seed.
- If we increase the concentration of mint extract, we will get a medicine for a cold. To relieve the symptoms of the disease and alleviate the condition, the mixture is applied to the neck as well as to the feet.
- In the field of dentistry, peppermint oil is used in inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity. It is applied to the gums and massaging movements distributed over them. Particular attention is paid to the areas of greatest pain.
Alcohol tincture of peppermint
To prepare the tincture of mint suitable 100 g of fresh or dried plants. It must be placed in a vessel and added 75% alcohol. Cooking time 14 days. Keep the bottle in a cool dark place. Sometimes instead of alcohol they take vodka or well-cleaned moonshine.
To use the tincture should be inside 25 drops three times a day. Helps remedy for pain associated with diseases of the digestive tract. If you treat the face with tincture, the number of rashes will significantly decrease. During a cold, the remedy can rub the chest and back of the patient - this will help facilitate the discharge of sputum and improve nasal breathing.
Peppermint leaves are added to tea to improve the taste and give it a new hue. In dried and ground form, this plant is used as a spice for sauces and meats.
Also, mint is often served with chocolate desserts. It emphasizes the taste of cocoa beans, adding new notes to it. For the same reason, many factories produce bitter chocolate with mint. It is considered an elite dessert because of the unusual rich taste.
Peppermint has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it is widely used to treat acne.
- Mint essential oil is applied dot on inflammation before bedtime. In the morning, the pimple dries out noticeably, and in the evening it disappears without a trace.
- For the care of problematic skin, alcohol mint tincture is suitable, which should be applied to the entire face as a tonic.
- A decoction of peppermint perfectly moisturizes and tones the skin. It is used as a compress on the forehead. It helps to smooth wrinkles and restore healthy complexion.
- It is also useful to rinse hair with mint decoction after washing. This will give them obedience, and also help to keep clean for a longer period.
Peppermint during pregnancy and breastfeeding
During pregnancy, use of peppermint tea is advised by many gynecologists. This helps to relieve the nervous tension of the woman, and also calms the child. Especially useful to drink this tea at night.
This will help the mother to sleep better and recuperate, as well as calm the child for the time of the night.
During the breastfeeding period, it is better to refuse mint broth. Из-за яркого вкуса может изменяться молоко матери, и ребёнок откажется его пить или будет сильно капризничать. Мята придаёт горькости, что не нравится новорождённым.
Высококонцентрированный отвар применяется для мягкого завершения грудного вскармливания. Вещества в составе мяты действуют на организм матери, уменьшая количество выделяемого молока. For the same reason, it is not recommended to drink broth until making a decision about weaning.
Contraindications and possible harm
Because of the active substances in the mint, it causes dilation of blood vessels. This contributes to lowering blood pressure.
- People suffering from hypotension and frequent fainting, use the inside of a mint-based product is not recommended.
- Also, such drugs are not suitable for patients with varicose veins.
- With extreme caution it is worth giving decoctions on the basis of mint to children. For their preparation it is worth using special pharmacy teas or making the drink unconcentrated.
- External application of mint essential oil can cause allergic reactions and burns, so you need to monitor the condition of the skin and quickly remove the applied agent in case of redness.
Peppermint belongs to popular herbs with a strong effect. When using drugs based on it, it is better to consult a doctor and conduct an allergic test on a small area of the body. This will help avoid undesirable consequences and make the treatment as effective as possible.
Harm and contraindications of mint
Unlimited consumption of decoctions, tinctures, tea based on this plant can cause problems that adversely affect the health and general well-being. This should be considered when choosing the form of a therapeutic drug, its dosage, and the duration of the treatment course.
Peppermint is not recommended for ingestion by people whose work is directly related to the management of equipment, transport. This is due to the ability of the plant to disturb concentration. Mint has a number of contraindications:
- Low potency in men
- Lactation period (a decrease in milk production is observed)
- Children's age up to 5 years. The use of drugs containing mint in infants can cause depression of the respiratory function or its temporary cessation,
- Individual intolerance to the product.
In the case of non-compliance with the recommendations on the use of mint, the occurrence of side effects is not excluded: allergic reactions, disorders of the liver, heart, intestines. Its regular unsystematic use causes habituation of the organism and, as a result, a decrease in the severity of the healing properties of the plant.
The origin of the mint plant
Mint has been known to our ancestors since time immemorial. She was a very useful and revered plant. The philosophers of ancient Greece wore wreaths of the twigs of this plant on their heads, because they believed that it has the ability to put thoughts in order and stimulate the work of the brain.
In Russia, from ancient times, it was used to scare away evil spirits and to remove the evil eye. At all, there are a lot of plant species.
Marsh, white, spikelet, and so on, but the most common and containing the greatest amount of menthol at the moment is peppermint. It is used in many industries: in cooking, pharmacology, medicine, and, by the way, not only non-traditional.
Peppermint considered medicinal and occurred due to the crossing of spikelet and aquatic species. Such a plant can reach a height of more than one and a half meters. It has oblong green leaves located seven-fold along the entire length of the plant. It grows a bush, four-sided stem.
From mid-June to early August, the plant blooms with small purple flowerswhich are located pyramid at the tip of the plant. The smell is very strong and peculiar, it can not be confused with any other.
Mint - application
People from ancient times knew that mint is used in various purposes and directions. Let us and we will try to figure out how to use this medicine.
Mint is used as a great food flavoringIt is often used in teas and beverages, both ordinary and alcoholic. Here are some ways to use peppermint:
Children's Mojito. In the summer heat so want to drink something cool and refreshing. Here comes to the aid of such a soft drink. Fresh aroma of menthol will give a charge of energy and strength to new achievements.
To make this magic drink we need:
- water, carbonated - 400 grams,
- lemon or lime - 1 piece
- fresh mint - 3-5 branches,
- sugar - 3 teaspoons,
- a crumb of ice - two thirds of a glass.
Mojito cooking is extremely simple and does not require special bartender skills:
- Cut lemon slices.
- We throw mint into a glass.
- Sprinkle with sugar on top.
- Carefully mix the contents of the glass with Madler.
- Fall asleep on top of crushed ice.
- Fill with sparkling water.
- We decorate the edge of a glass with a young sprig of mint.
- Served with tubules.
Saving healing recipe for people suffering from problems with the stomach and gall bladder. And also, such a tincture stimulates an increase in appetite.
You can cook several servings at once, you just need to proportionally increase the number of ingredients. It will take: dried mint - 2 teaspoons, water - a glass.
- We buy mint or dry it yourself.
- Boil water.
- Grind weed and pour boiling water over it.
- Give the broth to stand for half an hour.
- Filter out.
- Take thirty minutes before meals.
In this recipe, you can use not only liquid, but the remaining leaves. The cooled mint gruel can be wrapped in cheesecloth and apply to eyes for fifteen minutes. It relieves inflammation, helps with constant tearing of the eyes.
This decoction has excellent expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties. The ideal therapeutic tool for people suffering from infectious diseases or angina. For decoction you need: dried mint leaves - 15 grams, water - a glass.
- grind cooked mint,
- boil water and pour boiling water over the grass,
- put the broth on the fire and boil for 15 minutes,
- let the mixture stand for thirty minutes
- we filter,
- decoction ready for use.
This broth can not only drink. In cosmetology, it is used as tonic lotion. And for greater effect, it is necessary to freeze the broth and wipe the face with ice every morning.
Alcohol tincture of peppermint
For headaches, it helps excellent therapeutic tincture on alcohol. A teaspoon of the dried leaves of a plant is poured with 100 grams of alcohol. We give the mixture to brew for a week. Finished tincture smear on whiskey with headaches.
As you can see, mint - very useful weed. Therefore, do not waste time, it's time to go in search of her. Dried mint can be purchased at the pharmacy, as a medicinal plant, green - in the supermarket, as it is used for cooking and decorating dishes.
Generally, fine, if your plant. Then it can be collected and dried or put at home a lovely fragrant bunch. Just need not forget a few simple rules. Cut the weed is necessary in its flowering period, because too young plants during drying will lose their unique flavor.
And it is also necessary to remember that she must be only dry. After the rain, or in the dew, it is not worth picking up, as the grass will also lose its flavor and quickly deteriorate, even before it gets dry.
So go ahead for this wonderful storehouse of menthol, just remember - too much weed in the diet hurts rather than speeds recovery. Be healthy.
The use of mint in traditional medicine
The unique biochemical composition of peppermint allows its use in the treatment of many ailments using alternative medicine methods. The main active ingredient that determines its healing effect is menthol, an organic compound that gives the plant its characteristic refreshing taste and smell.
All aboveground parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, stems) have therapeutic properties. They are used in fresh or dried form inside (oral) and externally. They are used in various forms (decoctions, tinctures, teas, essential oil), each of which is characterized by its own indications, features of use and contraindications.
Mint tea is recommended to be used for any nervous disorders: stress, insomnia, emotional and physical overstrain. It has a choleretic effect, improves appetite, promotes the removal of sand and stones from the kidneys, the gallbladder, improves the production of bile. Helps with colic, increased gas formation. The drink activates the immune system, facilitates the course of colds. Tea Recipes:
- 1 tbsp. Spoon dried leaves and inflorescences brew a glass of boiling water, leave for 15 minutes and filter through a sieve to eliminate greens.
- Freshly harvested mint leaves (5 pieces) are crushed, poured boiling water and incubated for 7 minutes.
- For brewing children's tea, boiling water (half a liter) and dried mint (1 tbsp spoon without a slide) are necessary. The drink is wrapped in a towel and infused for 1 hour. Ready tea should be filtered and add sugar or honey (in the absence of allergy).
Tea infusion is prescribed for increased acidity of gastric juice, menstrual pain, during periods of pregnancy and menopause. Its concentrated solution is used for rinsing the mouth in case of an unpleasant odor, for rinsing the nose in case of rhinitis.
Alcohol based tincture is used in the form of inhalations, gargles for inflammatory diseases of the respiratory system organs (nasopharynx, throat, trachea, bronchi). Appointed in the case of headaches (including migraine), with dermatological diseases. Recipes for making peppermint alcohol tincture:
- Crushed dry plants (20 g) are mixed with a 75% alcohol solution or vodka (100 ml), infused for 2.5 weeks in a dark room. The resulting composition is filtered through a gauze section and take 15 drops per dose up to 4 times per day.
- Freshly harvested mint (6 sprigs) for 2 hours is poured with hot water (100 ml). In the resulting infusion dissolve sugar (100 g). Add half a liter of vodka and incubate for 2.5 weeks in conditions of low temperature and lack of light.
The use of tincture is recommended for sleep disorders, nervous overexcitement, hiccups, toothache. It improves appetite, stimulates the functions of the digestive system, improves the functioning of the heart, is prescribed for gynecological diseases. Tincture is contraindicated in hypotonia, pregnant and lactating women, men suffering from low potency, children under 12 years.
The use of mint in cosmetology
Mint is widely used in the cosmetic and perfumery industry. On its basis, products are produced that provide a cooling, aseptic, soothing and at the same time tonic effect. The plant extract is also used in the manufacture of cosmetic products designed to eliminate unpleasant odors (antiperspirant deodorants, oral sprays).
The healing properties of peppermint can be used to improve the appearance of the skin, nails, hair, and the establishment of physiological processes in them. On its basis they produce professional lotions, creams, masks, balms, scrubs, peels. Mint can be used at home to create similar tools.
Mint skin care
Peppermint cosmetics are characterized by the ability to remove accumulated ecotoxins from tissues, normalize the function of the sebaceous glands, eliminate itching, irritation, and inflammation. They tone, moisturize the skin of the body and face, saturate it with vitamins, microelements, improve color. The plant is recommended to combat acne, pimple rash. How to use mint:
- Lotion for combination, oily skin: 3 tbsp. spoons of dried leaves pour 200 ml of hot water. Broth insist half an hour and filtered through gauze cut. Used daily, twice a day.
- Nourishing mask: mix freshly harvested mint leaves (12 pieces), 1 yolk and rich sour cream (100 g). The composition is applied to the skin for 15 minutes.
Cosmetics with mint increase the protective function of the epidermis, improve the condition of the skin in case of burning in the sun. They are effective in the presence of bacterial dermatitis, rosacea, acne, eczema, fungal infections. Appointed in the case of shingles, dermatosis, scabies, burns.
Mint for hair care
Mint has bactericidal properties, cools and tones the scalp, reduces sebum production. Promotes moisturizing and nourishing hair, restoring their natural structure. Effectively eliminates itching, dandruff, oily shine, accelerates the healing of microcracks. Use options:
- In a single portion of shampoo, add 2 drops of essential mint oil. The tool is applied to the head of hair, churn, leave for 2 minutes and wash off with a large amount of running warm water.
- Leaves (2 tablespoons) are brewed with hot water (400 ml). The liquid is drawn for half an hour, cooled and 2 drops of mint ether are added to it. Rinse with clean hair clean.
Such means normalize the acid-base balance, restore the strands after chemical styling and dyeing, give them strength and density. Peppermint accelerates the growth of curls, strengthens weakened, brittle hair, prevents their loss. Contraindications to the use of the product is the presence of deep open wounds on the scalp.
Video: the healing properties of mint
The video provides information on the chemical composition of the plant, its medicinal properties, indications for use. The recommendations on the choice of product, methods of storing fresh and dried mint, options for their use in medicine, cooking. Described diseases in which the use of mint is contraindicated.
Watching the video provides an opportunity to get a visual representation of the effect of menthol on the body. Suggested options for making mint (including a recipe for refreshing mint lemonade).
Peppermint is a unique plant successfully used to treat a variety of diseases of various organs and systems of the human body. But, despite all the beneficial properties of the herb, its use should be strictly metered. If there are serious ailments, taking the medicinal plant should be coordinated with the attending physician.
Useful properties and contraindications of mint, which include only individual intolerance and low blood pressure, allow the medicinal plant to be widely used in medicine. Culture is part of the state pharmacopoeia of the Russian Federation, its preparations are carried out centrally for the pharmacological and cosmetological industries.
For private purposes, the plant is used as a therapeutic agent. Mint is also popular in cooking. In a small amount of it is added to sauces to give a luxurious fresh note. It improves the taste of dishes of lamb and poultry, goes well with vegetables such as leeks, peas and carrots, cabbage. Fragrant spice emphasizes the taste of vegetable soups and cheese.
In folk medicine, mint is used in the form of tincture and fresh. Freshly plucked leaflets are used for inhalation for diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Antiseptic properties of menthol inhibit the reproduction of viruses and bacteria.
Infusion for heartburn
Reception home remedy reduces the manifestations of heartburn, normalizes the work of the stomach. It can increase its efficiency with one-to-one dilution with freshly squeezed potato juice.
- Place dry grass in a glass bowl, use two tablespoons.
- Pour boiling water volume of five hundred milliliters.
- Leave it under the lid.
Take the infusion should be a quarter cup up to four times a day.
Infusion for the heart, digestive tract
With internal use, mint facilitates the course of angina, reduces the severity of the heart and chest pain. Stimulates the work of the stomach and intestines, normalizes their functioning in case of disorders. It has a choleretic effect, has antiemetic and analgesic effect.
- Pour the dried leaves in a jar, use two tablespoons.
- Fill with boiling water of two hundred and fifty milliliters.
- Leave it for thirty minutes.
When manifestations of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, angina, drink the infusion during the day in small sips.
Alcohol tincture with pain
To relieve pain in the heart, stomach, with injuries, it is recommended to use alcohol tincture of peppermint. It is suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Well removes nausea, has an antispasmodic effect.
- Place a tablespoon of crushed leaves in a bowl.
- Fill with alcohol of one hundred milliliters, ninety percent strength.
- Leave for ten days under a lid in a dark place.
- Add one hundred milliliter mint oil, mix.
To eliminate nausea, pain remedy consumed by the inside of ten to fifteen drops. Externally used for lubrication of painful areas.
Industrial production of mint oil is different from home. It contains a higher menthol concentration, since it is extracted as an extract by steam distillation, and then introduced into vegetable oil. В домашних условиях получают менее концентрированный продукт.
Инструкция по применению мяты перечной в масляной форме включает рекомендации по ее использованию в качестве антисептического средства для обработки ран и гнойных воспалений.
- Уложите в стеклянную емкость высушенные листья с цветущими верхушками растения. Потребуется две столовые ложки.
- Fill with two hundred milliliters of olive oil.
- Leave for seven days in a dark place. Shake the can regularly.
The tool inhibits the growth of pathogenic microflora and reduces inflammation, promotes tissue regeneration. Recommended for the treatment of ulcers, wounds, external skin erosions. Read more about the properties and application of mint essential oil in our other article.
Skin & Hair Formulations
Peppermint is often used in cosmetology, it is included in the caring complexes for hair, skin of the face and body. At home, it will help solve the problem of split ends, support fading skin, relieve inflammation.
- Hair care . Mint infusion prepared from two tablespoons of herbs and half a liter of water, rinse your hair after washing. Apply it on a cotton pad and wipe the tips. So you reduce the number of split hairs.
- Skin care . Freeze mint infusion in ice tins. Wipe the skin with an ice cube in the morning and evening to invigorate it and improve blood flow. Such procedures well tone up the withering skin, but can also be used for the young as a means of inflammation.
For skin care, do not use concentrated herbal infusions. They cause blood flow to the tissues, which can cause redness on the face for a long time after the procedure.
The healing properties of peppermint are extensive. It is used to relieve the condition of heart disease, disorders of the stomach and intestines. When ingestion has an analgesic effect and reduces the severity of spasms. When applied externally, it works as an antiseptic and helps to heal wounds. Mint can be used for treatment and cosmetic purposes, as a care product for hair and fading skin.
How to collect and store
For use with therapeutic purposes, raw materials are taken at the stage of the appearance of buds. To prepare the essential oil, the grass is harvested at the time of rapid flowering, because it contains the maximum amount of menthol.
Important! Tear leaves, stems only in dry form. Wetted with dew, rain, green mass is not suitable for harvesting.
The collected raw materials are divided into bunches, dried, protected from direct sun, kept in dark rooms with minimum humidity. At home, the grass is hung on the loggia, attic. The leaves are laid out on the fabric. The finished raw materials are kept tightly closed canvas bags, glass containers.
How peppermint is different from mint
Mint - several plant varieties, characterized by a similar appearance, structure. It is classified into:
All mint has a specific fresh smell, a complex of useful qualities. Peppermint mint is compared with other subspecies. All mint is an individual pure species, only pepper - a hybrid of wild water with the garden. Its features are massive solid stem, pronounced healing qualities.
Healing properties for women
The healing effects of plants on the female body is undeniable. It stabilizes hormones, makes life easier during menstruation, menopause.
Mint infusions are used during the treatment of inflammatory gynecological diseases. A peppermint decoction initiates a decrease in lactation when weaning babies from breastfeeding. The grass does not harm babies.
Benefits for men
For men, mint is indicated for relieving hangover, as it neutralizes, removes toxins, cleanses the body from harmful substances, and alleviates the general condition. However, regularly, in large doses, it is undesirable for men to use it because it helps to reduce potency.
Healing properties for children
Children older than three years old put mint in tea, because it gives a useful soothing, relaxing effect. Crushed leaves with success are added to the child in home drinks, cocktails. Broth plants are poured into the water for bathing children.
How to use
In the treatment of peppermint, it is important to adhere to the formulation, the recommended dosage. According to popular advice, infusions and decoctions are made from it, tinctures, and procedures are carried out with essential oil.
For its production, the raw materials need to be ground to a state of powder, combined with ethyl alcohol 90% (1:20 ratio), put into a dark non-hot room for a fortnight. Stir the mixture from time to time. Then drain the liquid from the sediment.
Traditional medicine proposes to add 250 g of boiling water to 30 g of ground raw material, wait half an hour. After filtering, drink 25 g four times a day. Course duration - 1 month.
To combat hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, neurosis, peppermint leaves, five-bladed motherwort grass, hawthorn flowers (ratio 3: 3: 4) are used. The resulting composition is crushed to a powder. In 50 g of the mixture, add 500 g of boiling water, incubated for two hours. Drink 120 g for half an hour before each meal.
With heart ailments
Half a tablespoon of a highly crushed plant should be combined with a glass of boiling water, sent to a warm place for half an hour, then filtered. Drink 200 g per day, crushing the whole volume into several receptions. The course of treatment is 1 year.
With nervous diseases
The condition of a person suffering from depression, nervous exhaustion, will ease the infusion, made from 25 g of raw materials, poured into 250 g of boiled water, boiled over low heat for a quarter of an hour. Infusion is necessary to take 100 g immediately after waking up in the morning, before bedtime.
Doctors suggest drinking mint tincture three times a day, 15 drops per reception for pains of neurological origin, nervous exhaustion, vomiting, and nausea.
For the relief of depression mint oil is useful to pour a little bit into the bath. It reduces anxiety, promotes relaxation, improves mood.
The mint tea drink has a persistent sedative effect. In 500 g of boiled water, 40 g of fresh leaves are placed, kept for a quarter of an hour in a glass, ceramic container. Add honey if desired. The course of therapy is approximately 10 days, then a two-week break is required.
15 g of crushed raw materials should be poured into 250 g of boiled water, wait half an hour, then strain, drink 30 g four times a day.
Showed such a collection against gastritis. Mix the crushed peppermint leaves with the herb of the centaury (8: 2 ratio). In 500 g of boiling water, pour 50 g of the resulting mixture, simmer in a water bath for a quarter of an hour, and keep for another half hour. Drink 100 g for half an hour before meals three times a day.
With liver disease
Biliary tract, accompanied by pain, traditional medicine offers a green mass of peppermint, medicinal valerian roots, barberry bark, hawthorn flowers mixed in the ratio 3: 2: 3: 2, all crumble. In 500 g of boiling water, pour 60 g of raw material, boil for a quarter of an hour over low heat, stand for another half hour. Drink 250 g each in the mornings, evenings daily.
With nausea, vomiting, flatulence, spasms of the gastrointestinal system
Pour 30 g of raw material into 250 g of boiled water, wait a quarter of an hour, strain. Warm infusion to drink 100 g twice a day.
When spasms of the gastrointestinal system, flatulence helps such a decoction. It is necessary to prepare a mixture of 25 g of mint green mass, 25 g of valerian rootlets, 20 g of fennel fruits, 30 g of pharmaceutical chamomile flowers. In 500 g of boiling water pour 60 g of the mixture, hold for a quarter of an hour in a water bath, wait half an hour. Drink a warm decoction of 100 g after a meal.
Peppermint oil is shown to drink a few drops at the reception to relieve spasms, pain in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulate the flow of bile. Aromatic mint baths stimulate the stomach, intestines.
At the first manifestations of the beginning cold
In 250 g of boiled water, 30 g of raw materials are poured, they are kept for a quarter of an hour, they are drained, 100 g are drunk five times a day. When rubbing the essential oil into the skin of the chest in 3 drops several times a day, the patient's condition improves. Rubbing two drops of peppermint oil into each foot lowers the heat. Inhalation with an essential oil with antibacterial, antiviral effects, stop coughing, remove nasal edema, pain in the larynx.
To reduce body weight can be through lemonade, made on the basis of mint raw materials. In a ceramic jug you need to pour two liters of purified water, add one finely chopped lemon without the peel, 15 fresh sheets of peppermint. The container with the future drink should be placed in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Drink at least 750 g per day.
Against skin diseases
Peppermint oil improves skin health with rosacea. A few drops are added to the cream or gel for the face. For these purposes, make scrubs, masks for cleaning the skin with a few drops of oil, combined with olive oil, sea salt.
Lotion made from 250 g of mineral water, six drops of essential oil, eliminates inflammations on the skin surface. They need to wash at least three times a day. Helps with insect bites.
Dry skin health can be improved through peppermint decoction. A couple of tablespoons of chopped raw material must be combined with 500 g of boiling water. Then boil on low heat for a quarter of an hour, wait half an hour, drain the broth. Wash the resulting liquid in the morning, evening, daily, until the desired effect is achieved.
To improve the health of inflamed, prone to acne skin with large pores, you can use a decoction. In 500 g of boiling water you need to pour 60 g of raw material, hold for half an hour, drain. Liberally moisten the cleaned napkin with the resulting liquid, cover the face, hold for half an hour. To achieve a therapeutic effect, it is necessary to do 15 procedures (three each week).
For healthy feet
In order to prevent fungal diseases, hyperhidrosis, with fatigue, edema of the lower extremities, mint baths are shown. For three liters of boiling water you need to take 100 g of crushed raw materials, wait half an hour, drain. Then you need to immerse the legs in the bath knee-deep, add the infusion. The procedure is desirable to perform within half an hour. After her feet pour over cool clean water.
To stimulate hair growth, anti-baldness with success use special trays with mint oil. In any oil for hair care mix a couple of drops of mint. The mixture is heated in a water bath, smeared on the scalp, rubbed into the hair roots and smeared on the hair. The treated head is covered with cellophane, warm fabric. It is advisable to keep the mask at least three hours, you can leave it overnight.
Contraindications and harm
Peppermint, all preparations containing it, can cause allergies in case of subjective intolerance.
In other cases, unpleasant side effects are most often caused by excessive use of products prepared on its basis. There are still some contraindications.
Important! Peppermint reduces the pressure. It is unsafe for hypotensive.
Caution is to use the plant for people suffering from gallstone disease, varicose veins. Do not bury the mint oil in the nose of young children, as well as treat them nasal passages.
Women carrying a baby mint should be used with caution because it initiates bleeding and can cause harm to the fetus. In the third trimester, mint can cause heartburn.
Interesting! The plant is considered one of the effective assistants in toxicosis. Doctors recommend pregnant women mint infusion with flatulence, intoxication from food poisoning, colds.
In some very rare cases, when misused, the plant can be harmful, but it has immeasurably more useful qualities. Knowledge on peppermint medicinal properties and contraindications will allow you to apply recipes of traditional medicine only with health benefits. Watch the video material on the topic.