Peppermint Leaf (Mentha x peperita)
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita ) is an aromatic perennial plant that grows to a height of about 3 ft (1 m). It has light purple flowers and green leaves with serrated edges. Peppermint belongs to the Lamiaceae family and grows throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. There are more than 25 species of true mint grown throughout the world.
The plant is harvested when the oil content is highest. When ready for harvest, it is always collected in the morning, before noon sun reduces the leaf essential oil content. This generally takes place shortly before the plant blooms, which occurs in the summer (July through August) or during dry, sunny weather.
Latin Name: Mentha x peperita
Common Names: peppermint
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: United States
Energy: cool, dry
Part Used: Leaves
As a tea: Pour 8 ounces boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes, strain and serve immediately. Reportedly it works to stop hiccups.
Infused Oil: CherMark Botanicals Peppermint Solar Infused Jojoba
As a glycerite: Fill a clean jar 1/2 to 1/3 full of dried herbs. Do not pack the herbs down. Cover with a mixture of 3 parts vegetable glycerine to 1 part water. Cap and let this sit in a dark place for 3 to 4 weeks. Strain. Store in your refrigerator.
Detailed instructions for making a glyercite can be found HERE!
When making a glycerite with dried herbs, it is common to use water to rehydrate the herbs and loosen up the botanical matter.
As a tincture: Tinctures are also called extracts. This same process is used to make real vanilla extract. Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make.
Detailed instructions for making a tincture can be found HERE!
Peppermint shines as an herb that helps with digestion in a myriad of ways.
- May cause heartburn in some sensitive individuals.
- Use with caution in persons with gastroesophageal reflux or with a hiatal hernia, as peppermint may decrease esophageal sphincter pressure.
- Use with caution in persons with gastrointestinal ulcers or significant gastrointestinal inflammation.
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.