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3 Health Benefits of Peppermint Leaf [Infographic]

Peppermint Leaf
Peppermint is a popular ingredient in tea infusions and many herbal remedies -- and for a good reason. Scientists believe the herb may help alleviate digestive disorders, improve memory and cognitive performance, and have therapeutic value against certain types of cancer. Peppermint has a refreshing, minty taste in tea and helps balance the flavors of more bitter or earthy herbs.
Peppermint Leaf Infographic
What is peppermint leaf?
Peppermint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and as medicine and remains one of the most popular herbs used today. The world’s most familiar mint scent comes from the savory fragrance of peppermint. Peppermint leaves have been used for centuries in herbal medicine, often infused in herbal teas, due to its ability to treat symptoms such as nausea, indigestion, bloating, and abdominal pain.
Dried peppermint leaves were found in ancient Egyptian pyramids and were also highly valued by the ancient Greeks and Romans. For centuries, peppermint was valued as a magical plant for passion and love, associated with the goddess Venus. In English folklore, finding a flowering mint plant on Midsummer's Day was said to bring eternal happiness.
Botanical name: Mentha piperita
Other names: Mint, menta, hortela
Description: An annual plant that grows to 3 feet with jagged, dark green leaves and clusters of pink flowers
Habitat: Native to Europe and the Middle East and is now widely cultivated around the world
Properties*: Analgesic, antibacterial, antioxidant, neuroprotective
The health benefits of peppermint leaf according to research
1. Digestive Health
Peppermint may be beneficial for people with gastrointestinal disorders. It may also have therapeutic value in gastric emptying disorders, a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying. Several clinical trials and pooled analyses show that peppermint reduces abdominal pain, flatulence, and bowel movements in those with irritable bowel syndrome. This may be due to the antispasmodic effects of peppermint oil which appears to relax muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
The German Commission E (Germany’s equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved peppermint leaf for supporting the gastrointestinal tract and the gallbladder and bile ducts, and for treating irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Energy & Brain Support
Preliminary clinical evidence suggests that peppermint can improve long-term memory, working memory, and performance of cognitive tasks such as typing, alphabetization, and ordering. The aroma of peppermint alone has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.
3. Immunity and Overall Health
Peppermint may have potential therapeutic value against cancer. Menthol, a key naturally-occurring component found in peppermint, has been shown by researchers in Korea to inhibit the development of prostate cancer.
Peppermint may also have analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Some animal studies have shown that peppermint may have pain-relieving properties, substantiating its traditional use as a pain reliever.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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