|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.|
Have a question on which supplements and herbs are right for you?
Visit Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor for your Free Personalized Vitamin Recommendation.