MINT (Mentha piperita) MORE THAN A TEA PART 1
Without being a part of the strong remedies, is one of the most used plants in phytotherapy from all meridians. Historical sources show that mint was used since ancient times, by the Greeks and then by the Romans being at great honor for healing diseases and pain relief. Originally it was a wild plant, but the vast majority of varieties used today was cultivated. Its main component – volatile oil – has strong and complex therapeutic effects potency by the other substances contained by the plant (tannins, flavones, coumaric acid, etc.). This way mint has a very strong action on the respiratory, favoring the bronchi expansion eradicating infections, stimulating the nerve center of the brain that coordinate the breathing process. Then, acting as regulator of digestion, normalizing the intestinal transit, gentle and effective mental soothing, being one of the reasons why is the customary “medicine” in home pharmacy. Knowing more its good properties.
INTERNAL: analgesic -weak, anti-diarrheal -good, antiemetic -strong (prevents vomiting causing a slight anesthesia of the gastric mucosa), antifermentative -light, gastrointestinal antiseptic -good, antispasmodic -medium, antitussive –medium-weak, astringent -light, bacteriostatic -good, biliary colic soothing, psychic calming –medium-weak, carminative –medium – weak (reduces intestinal gas), choleretic and cholagogue –medium – weak, diuretic –medium – weak, expectorant -good, febrifuge -good, prevents sleep (in strong dose,) relaxing – sedating -weak (in small-medium doses), good incentive and excitative for digestive and circulatory, very strong respiratory stimulant, stomachic –medium-weak, perspiration -weak, nervous tonic -strong, vasoconstrictive, vermifuge -medium-weak.
EXTERNAL: antifungals (inhibits the growth of pathogenic fungi) –weak, anti-inflammatory good at sinuses, antiseptic -good, antispasmodic –strong, antiviral in large doses (compared to herpes), good sedative and anti-inflammatory for the skin (reduce itching and burning in particular), parasiticide -medium, vasodilator for nasal epithelium.
INTERNAL: – asthma, bronchitis – powder, is very well associated with pansy. In acute phases drink hot mint infusion for rapid bronchodilation effect (similar effect has the inhalation of volatile oil from a handkerchief) .- flu, catarrh, tuberculosis (adjuvant), convulsive cough – hot infusion when the disease is associated with cold state. Infusion is used for controlling fever or, better, combined infusion administered at room temperature. – slow digestion, indigestion, bloating, flatulence (involuntary ingestion of air during meal followed by burping – burps) – powder taken sublingually 5-10 minute before meals.- hiccups – drink mint infusion with frequent sips, a whole glass.- stomach cramps, colic, spastic colon – hot-infusion, stomach pain, nervous stomach pain – combined infusion administered at room temperature. Associates well with chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) .- vomiting sensation (nausea) of various etiologies, travelsick – powder – halitosis (bad smell of the mouth) halitosis associated with dyspepsia – combine in equal proportions mint powder with wormwood powder. Take a tablespoon mixture 3-4 times per day on an empty stomach. The powder is held for 10-15 minutes under the tongue, then swallowed with water. The treatment lasts 7-10 days.- diarrhea – combined infusion with an concentration proportionate to the gravity of condition (one teaspoon per cup in medium forms, up to 3-4 tablespoons per cup when diarrhea is strong). For getting strong and rapid effects the mint is associated with silverweed (Potentilla anserina) or lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) in equal proportions.- gastrointestinal infections – superconcentrated combined infusion – headache, migraine (especially accompanied by vomiting) – combined infusion (there are external applications also – see below) – anxiety, insomnia, nervousness – Combined mint infusion (a teaspoon at a cup) serving it warm.- fatigue, mental fatigue – mint combined infusion or powder (2 teaspoons per cup – by altering the mint concentration also changes the psycho-mental effect of the extract) served cold or at room temperature.