Peppermint

Botanical Name Mentha piperita 
Botanical family Lamiaceae 
Origin India 
Method: Complete distillation by steam distillation  
Plant part Aerial parts 
Note Top 
Appearance very fluid liquid 
Color colorless to pale yellow 
Odor herbaceous, fresh, minty, powerful 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Monoterpene alcohols (40–50%): menthol  
Ketones (30–60%): menthone
Monoterpenes (5–15%): pinenes, limonene
Oxides (5%): 1,8-cineole 
Esters (5–10%): menthyl acetate  
Therapeutic properties 1.Analgesic, anaesthetic, antinociceptive
2. Stomachic, eupeptic, antacid, antiemetic
3. Anticatarrhal, mucolytic
4. Choleretic 
5. Anti-infective
6. Urinary and intestinal anti-inflammatory
7. Antispasmodic, myorelaxant  
8. Hypertensive, cardiac tonic
Main therapeutic indications 1. Rhinitis, otitis, sinusitis, nasopharyngitis, sore throat
2. Shingles, chicken pox, herpes, viral neuritis  
3. Pruritus and itching (hives, eczema, etc.)
4. Migraines, headache
5. Cystitis, renal colic
6. Dyspepsia, wind, slow digestion, indigestion
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