Peppermint

Refreshingly versatile

The best-known herb from the Ricola 10-herb blend is extremely versatile and has many uses. And there are also numerous stories about the origin of the name, Peppermint.

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Peppermint was discovered in the modern era, in about 1700 when the English biologist, John Ray, discovered the herb in an English garden. This new creation was the product of Water Mint (Menthae aquatica) and Spearmint (Menthae spicata).
In comparison to other mint varieties, Peppermint has special medicinal powers. In particular, it has a cooling or anti-inflammatory effect and stimulates the circulation. It is an effective treatment against bacterial infectious agents due to its rapid cleansing action. The tannins in Peppermint repair torn mucous membranes, while the bitters boost resilience and the flavanoids keep the arteries stable and flexible. Its cooling action is effective for hot heads and helps heartburn, as well as alleviating inflammation of the digestive tract. Other common names for Peppermint are Balm Mint, Brandy Mint or Green Mint and Mentha Piperita.

In brief

Plant name: Mentha x piperita – ‘x’ denotes the hybrid variety
Plant family: Labiate (Lamiaceae)
Flowering season: July to September
Harvest: For the leaves: June to July; for the herb: collect as a bundle to hang up to dry before the flowers form
Origin: Europe and America
Key feature: Runners and stems are reddish in color, leaves grow vibrant green Red symbolizes anti-inflammatory powers and green for new, life-giving energy.

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Pharmacological effect

  • Aids secretion, antibacterial
  • Virostatic against Herpes simplex viruses (cold sores, shingles)
  • Anticonvulsant for smooth muscle tissue, especially the digestive tract
  • Relieves cramp
  • Stimulates bile production
  • Antiflatulent
  • Stimulates gastric juices, accelerates gastric emptying
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Astringent
  • Effective against heartburn in limited doses (overdoses can cause heartburn)
  • External: Acts as local anesthetic (cooling). Internal: Hyperemisation effect.

Say it with flowers    

In the language of flowers, Peppermint stands simply for ‘Forgive me’.

 

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