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;
- Hiatal hernia;
- Gallstones, obstruction of gall ducts, and severe liver affections;
- Achlorhydria (absence of chlorhydric acid, essential for digestion);
- Acid reflux;
- 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