Mint Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Mint ...just say the word and cool, refreshing images come to mind. Peppermint and spearmint are the two best known and most widely cultivated members of the fragrant mint family (Labiatae). Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a hybrid of spearmint (Mentha spicata) and watermint (M. aquatica). The essential oils of peppermint and spearmint are extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of these plants. Native to
Mediterranean region, and was introduced into Britain by the Romans, being largely cultivated not only by them, but also by the other Mediterranean nations.
Common doses of mint
Both peppennint and spearmint are available as liquid extracts, tea, oil, and inhalant preparations. Peppermint oil also comes as enteric-coated capsules. Menthol, the main component in peppennint oil, is an ingredient in several pain-relief lotions, anesthetics, and itch-relief preparations. It also comes as a cough suppressant ointment, lozenge, and throat spray. Experts disagree on the spearmint dose, but recommend the following doses for peppermint:
Use of mint
Specifically, mint may help to :-
Side effects of mint
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of mint:
Mint also can cause:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Menthol, a peppermint component, generally is considered safe and effective when used externally to relieve local pain and itching. Menthol also is approved as an externally applied cough suppressant and an inhalant.
However, medical experts don't recommend using peppermint or spearmint internally except as a flavoring. Although some people claim these extracts have value in treating some digestive disorders, no studies prove that they're safe or effective-especially for children.
Other names for mint : -
Other names for mint include balm mint, brandy mint, green mint, lamb mint, Our Lady's mint, peppermint, and spearmint.
Products containing mint are sold under such names as Ben-Gay, Rhuli Gel, Robitussin Cough Drops, and Vicks VapoRub.
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