Herbs

PEPPERMINT, Mentha piperita

As a very young boy, I remember a patch of mint over between the fish pond and the tomato patch. I can smell it still. It sure brings back great memories.


Most people think that mints are just for the smell or for flowering, but they are really a very good medicinal herb.
Almost everyone has been around a baby who has colic and until they get over this problem, it can cause a few sleepless nights.


There are a small baby who had colic and he cried a lot. The colic got so bad it was almost like convulsions. Quite often he was given heavy medication, but this left him listless and groggy. The father talked to a friend and complained that for the last three weeks, the baby would wake at two o’clock in the morning. This meant they would have to give the baby heavy drugs, or that the father would have to walk the baby at least forty trips around the kitchen table and in through the living room and down the hall and back into the kitchen, just to get the baby back to sleep.


The friend asked the father why he didn’t give the baby some peppermint tea. The father got some peppermint, and they gave the baby some tea. They said the tea helped the baby quite a lot. They got some peppermint oil and rubbed some oil on the base of the baby’s skull. The father said it not only got rid of the colic and convulsions, but it sure made the baby smell good.


The history of peppermint goes back as far as Egypt and Pharaohs who had it buried with them. Some of the Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with it and decorated their banquet tables with it. They cooked with it and flavored sauces and wines with it. However, the greatest use of these different mints was by the ancient Greek physicians. They used the mints in their medicines and in many of their healing practices.


Peppermint is a soothing sedative for nervous and restless people of all ages, promoting relaxed sleep. It will soothe an upset stomach, help that nauseated feeling; it will relieve that stomach ache or pain in the bowel; it will help to get rid of gas in the digestive tract. It can also be used for colic in babies or children and it will help to relieve that dizzy feeling. It is great remedy for colds. It will help to break up a fever, and it has been used to overcome moderate diarrhea, and many other problems.


In his book, Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss states that peppermint is an excellent remedy for chills and fevers, vomiting, dysentery, cholera, heart trouble, palpation of the heart, influenza, la grippe and hysteria.


We could go on and on, but let’s remember that peppermint is a good, all-around herb that has proven itself for many centuries. Personally, when I start to feel a little uptight or upset, I brew up a cup of peppermint and chamomile. It’s like telling your troubles to an old friend who is very understanding. And whenever it feels like there is a cold coming on, I try to drink a lot of peppermint combined with elder flowers and raspberry leaves. This seems to supply the body with those much-needed minerals that we seem to always be running out of. It also helps to cleanse the body just a little bit.


One time, someone asked if I would relay a message to a dear, sweet little old lady and when I told her the news she was very distressed. All of a sudden, she jumped up and started to rummage through cupboards and drawers as she muttered, “Mint tea, mint tea. We have got to have a cup of mint tea.” It was very refreshing and it sure did settle her down.
 

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