Peppermint Benefits & Information

Warning: Peppermint essential oil should never be used internally.

Peppermint tea is not advised for children under 4 years.

Caution needed when breastfeeding.

Uses

This herb is stimulating to the digestive process as well as relaxing to the digestive tract. It will ease bloating and painful cramps caused by indigestion. Although peppermint helps to digest your food, it is easy to have too much of it, so in my view 2 cups of tea a day should be the limit. Peppermint tea can be too stimulating if you suffer from stomach over-acidity, hiatus hernia, reflux or heartburn, but it often helps people with IBS by relaxing the smooth muscles of the intestines. Peppermint also makes a refreshing and cooling drink on a hot day.

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Combinations

It combines well with chamomile, either as a tea or a tincture.

How to take

Peppermint works best as an after-dinner tea, but it can be taken before meals to improve the appetite. I would recommend using fresh leaves if available (use 5-10 leaves, torn into smaller pieces, per cup). Tincture can be used instead of tea, but remember to dilute each dose with a glass of warm water.

Dosage

Adults: 1 cup of infusion 1-2 times a day; or 1-3ml, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.

Children (4-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

Caution: Marshmallow root can be taken with any conventional medication, but not at the same time: leave a hour gap between the two.

Uses

Marshmallow root powder provides a protective coating for the lining of the gut as it releases its mucilage (slippery, gluey substance) when mixed with water. This powder is a great option in any situation involving irritation or inflammation of the digestive tract, such as gastritis, heartburn, burning diarrhoea, diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. I use marshmallow root powder instead of the powder from slippery elm bark, because the latter is seriously threatened in the wild. If you are confident that your supplier uses a cultivated source, slippery elm bark can be used in all those situations where I recommend marshmallow root powder, in similar dosages.

How to take

You must always take marshmallow root powder with plenty of water (half a glass of water per teaspoon of powder). Mix a teaspoonful of the powder with some water, adding water gradually until the mixture reaches the consistency of runny custard, drink quickly and then drink a little more water to get rid of the taste. You can also mix a dose of powder with some yoghurt, which is a good way of giving it to children. Take this powder between meals for best effect.

Dosage

Adults: 1 teaspoon of powder, 1-4 times a day.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

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