Anti-Viral Plants 5: Peppermint

Peppermint
(Mentha piperita leaf extract)

Distribution

Mentha is native of the Mediterranean regions, Canada, and the United States of America.
it is cultivated in temperate climates for its use in flavor, medicinal properties, and pharmaceutical applications. Mentha grows spontaneously in nutrients and water hold rich soil and it blooms between mid and late summer.

The origin of Mentha Piperita

Mentha piperita is a hybrid mint between Mentha aquatica(watermint) and Mentha spicata(spearmint). The cross-species was created spontaneously or casually.

Main ingredients

Menthol (45-55%), carvacrol, eugenol, thymol, pinene, alpha-pinene, limonene, myrcene, tannins, beta carotene. Vitamins; niacin, riboflavin, thiamine. Minerals; magnesium, selenium, iron, manganese, zinc.

Pharmacological activity

The beneficial properties of this evergreen plant have been justified for many pharmacological studies showing; antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial activities.
Known in ancient times as the best digestive plant, peppermint helps to improve digestion, in fact, meat protein is quite difficult to digest.

Antiviral properties

Useful to reduce coughing attacks, bronchitis, and inflammation of the throat in many respiratory diseases. Its content in menthol, thymol, carvacrol, and polyphenols makes it a powerful antiviral ally.

Mentha toxicity
The leaves of mentha do not present toxicity, however, pure mentha oil should not be taken and rather consult your doctor first.

Almu Rodriguez
Pharmacist
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