PEPPERMINT

MENTHA X PIPERITA

I always make sure I have a good supply of peppermint herb in my garden.

 

You only have to pick a leaf and roll it between your fingers to receive a sweet minty aromatic hit.  And when you take a nibble on a peppermint leaf you get an instant burst of a minty, cooling yet warm sensation on your tongue.

 

Peppermint happily shares her medicine with you.

 

I love picking a few leaves each morning for my daily herbal drink.  Or we harvest a bundle of her leaves to distil through our copper alembic still.  This gives a wonderfully aromatic, refreshing and uplifting hydrosol.

 

Recently, I’ve been creating my very own plant essences to use in my ‘up and coming’ products.  The essence from peppermint and her ability to bring clarity is one I’ll be including.

Peppermint Notes

Energetics:

calming, cooling, spicy, drying, stimulating

 

Herbal Actions:

analgesic, antibacterial, antiemetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (muscles), antitussive (suppresses cough), aromatic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cooling, diaphoretic, stimulant

 

Parts Used:

above ground parts

 

Preparations:

tea/infusions, hydrosol, oil maceration, plant essence, essential oil, and a wonderful culinary herb

 

 

 

Peppermint Hydrosol Virtues

Chickweed Apothecary Peppermint Hydrosol

Refreshing + Invigorating

The aroma of freshly crushed peppermint leaves is captured in a bottle.

 Peppermint hydrosol gives an instant burst of sweet minty freshness.  You can use to refresh the mind, inspire, uplift and clear mental fogginess.  It is a wonderful refreshing hydrosol to use over the summer season.

Here’s some other helpful uses …

  • Skin tonic – has anti-inflammatory + cooling properties making it a perfect choice to mist over your skin to refresh, revive and soothe.
  • Hot flushes – mist over the face and body to cool and calm. 
  • Headache – soothe with a cold compress of peppermint hydrosol on the forehead.  Or mist the temples several times throughout the day.
  • Tired feet – refreshes and revives hot, tired and aching legs and feet at the end of the day.  Either mist around feet and ankles or add 1 cup of peppermint hydrosol to a foot bath.
  • Room mist – emotionally and spiritually cleansing.  Peppermint invigorates, awakens and refreshes.

 

Cleanse + Soothe Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint teas are very soothing + refreshing, and making your own peppermint tea with leaves picked straight from your garden is very special.

 

This aromatic tea is very cleansing and easy to drink and is enjoyable both hot or cold.

 

In the morning I like to wander in my garden and pick a few peppermint leaves to make a daily herbal pot of tea.

 

If I’m having peppermint on its own, I’ll pick approx. 4 – 5 peppermint leaves according to taste.  I aim to have about 1 tbsp per cup.

 

I put the leaves into my tea pot strainer, pour over freshly boiled water and let it infuse for approx. 5 – 20 minutes.  You can smell the uplifting aromatics straight away.

 

In summer I love placing my ready to drink pot of peppermint tea in the fridge so I can enjoy it lovely and chilled on a hot summer’s day.  It’s very refreshing and hydrating.

Contraindications: avoid during pregnancy and if breast-feeding.  Do not use if you suffer from GERD, as it relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter.

 

 

You can find peppermint in the following Chickweed Apothecary Product:

It is a seasonal herb and a very popular hydrosol so I don’t always have any in stock.  If I do, grab yourself bottle before they all disappear!  You’ll love its refreshing minty aroma 😊

 

 

Resources

  • Peppermint Tea Image by congerdesign from Pixabay