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Technical Name: (Mentha piperita) Dried leaves of the peppermint plant
Used for: Chest rub to ease breathing with common cold, relief of heartburn, indigestion, nausea, treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease and other chronic intestinal ailments
Available In: Teas, enteric-coated capsules of oil, essential oils, creams, rubs
Herb Drug: None known
Interaction: Never ingest undiluted peppermint oil. Peppermint tea can worsen the heartburn experienced with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). May also promote flow of bile from the gall bladder and complicate gallstones - consult a doctor.
When Buying: Chose peppermint oil containing at least 44% free menthol, or teas with 100% pure peppermint leaves.
Dosage and Warning: One to two capsules of enteric coated oil between meals for heartburn, chest-rub formulations as needed to make breathing easier with the common cold
Child Dosage: Don't give peppermint tea to babies or young children. The menthol it contains can cause a choking sensation in youngsters of this age.

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