Mentha piperita

Part Used

Aerial parts




Analgesic; anti-emetic; anti-inflammatory; antimicrobial; antispasmodic; carminative; choleretic; cholagogue; diaphoretic; expectorant; nervine (sedative/stimulant)

Traditional Uses

Temporarily inhibits mucous secretions (due to menthol component); used whenever there is excess mucous secreted, helping also with its antispasmodic and carminative effects. One of the best carminatives available – relaxing the visceral muscles and relieving intestinal colic and flatulence; helpful in IBS. A mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall – helps with feelings of nausea during travel or pregnancy. Safe for children. Essential oil used topically for rheumatism, sprains and strains. ^1. 2.