Peppermint Mentha × piperita
Key Constituents: Volatile oils, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, tannins.
Historically Peppermint is a well-known digestive, antispasmodic, and carminative and is helpful for digestive disorders associated with pain and spasm, from gas and colic and cramps to diarrhea, due to its stimulating action on the digestive organs and its ability to relax tension. The bitters in peppermint help tone and cleanse the liver. Peppermint has long been used in Chinese medicine to move stagnant energy in the Liver and stimulate digestion.
Energetically, peppermint is pungent, slightly sweet, dry, stimulating, relaxing, and warming with a secondary cooling action. Peppermint contains magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium, sodium, selenium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamins A and C, and protein
- Esoteric note: Associated with the planet Venus . Other sources associate peppermint with the signs Virgo or Aquarius, and the element of air.