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Major therapeutic interest
Digestive problems: improving appetite and digestion; relieving dyspepsia; reducing bloating, wind, flatulence and bad breath; stimulating the production and excretion of bile, inhibiting the formation of gallstones, easing intestinal spasms, treating irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis-related nausea and vomiting;
Used as an adjunct for colonoscopies and barium enemas;
Relieving headaches and migraine (topical use);
Treating colds and flu, sore throat, and coughs and (as an expectorant);
Used as a decongestant for bronchitis and blocked nose (inhalation);
Treating gingivitis, inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth, bad breath (gargling);
Relieving itching (topical use);
Relieving muscular pain (topical use).
All preparations (herbal tea, liniments, ointments, etc.) should be avoided in nursing infants;
Should not be applied around the nose (nostrils) in children under five;
Gallstones, obstruction of gall ducts, and severe liver affections;
Achlorhydria (absence of chlorhydric acid, essential for digestion);
Pregnancy and/or breastfeeding: safety has not yet been established;
Women with histories of spontaneous abortions;
Topical application on damaged skin.
Excessive consumption of mint oil (over 0.3 g = 12 drops), or chewing or accidental breaking of the enteric-coated pills or capsules can cause problems such as acid reflux, a burning sensation in the stomach or when defecating, bradycardia (low pulse rate), skin reactions, and muscle tremors. When applied topically, direct contact with menthol or its derivatives can cause a rash (skin irritation and contact dermatitis).
May reduce the efficacy of antacids and acid reflux medications (Gaviscon, Maalox, Tums, Losec, Pantoloc, Pariet, Prevacid, Pepcid AC, Zantac, etc.);
May alter the metabolism of certain medications in various categories: Mevacor, Sporanox, Nizoral, Allegra, Halcion, etc.;
May increase Sandimmune and Neoral levels in the blood.
Fresh or dried leaves, oil
Essential oil (menthol, menthone, eucalyptol, limonene, etc.), triterpenes, phenolic acids, flavonoids.
Mentha piperita, Mint, Green Mint, Spearmint
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