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Peppermint is on everyone's lips these days. Mint sweets or chewing gum are waiting in almost every hand or trouser pocket to spread a fresh taste. What many do not know: Peppermint was cultivated over 3,000 years ago - this is proven by finds in Egyptian tombs. Her healing power was no longer a secret either. Ancient doctors used mint against a wide variety of complaints, from tooth ulcers to constipation.

The breakthrough in Europe did not come until the 18th century. Since then, peppermint has also been grown commercially in this country. It can be found in many foods, it is considered a gentle and promising remedy for stomach cramps or colds.

Scientific name: Mentha x piperita.


The peppermint grows all over Europe and North America - mostly in gardens and on plantations. There is hardly a part of the plant that is not important for medicine - the dried leaves and flowers, the whole fresh plant and the oil extracted from the plant are used.

Areas of application

Internal application: for irritable bowel syndrome, colds, inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth, cramps in the gastrointestinal tract and complaints in the biliary tract.
External application: for muscle and nerve pain.
Homeopathy: with colds.
Folk medicine: for nausea, nausea, vomiting, dysmenorrhea and colds.


Internal application
Single dose 3–6 g leaves; Daily dose 6–12 drops of oil; For irritable bowel syndrome, single dose 0.2 ml in an enteric coating, daily dose 0.6 ml.
Tea: Drink 1 cup 3 to 4 times a day between meals.
Homeopathic: Rub in 5 drops, 1 tablet, 10 globules or 1 tip of a knife every 30–60 minutes or, in the case of chronic complaints, 1 to 3 times a day.
Inhalation: Put 3–4 drops of oil in hot water and inhale vapors.
External application
Rub affected areas of the skin 2 to 4 times a day, for children rub 5–15 drops onto the chest and back.

Effect and side effects

Peppermint really works. Its main ingredient menthol has been shown to quench coughs, kill bacteria, viruses or fungi, help with inflammation of the mucous membranes and relieve stomach cramps. There are contradicting study results for irritable bowel syndrome, but overall experts rate the effect as positive. When applied to the skin, peppermint oil has been shown to relieve rheumatic symptoms, itching, hives and colds.

For children under three years of age and asthmatics, however, rubbing with peppermint oil is taboo - otherwise the respiratory muscles threaten to cramp.

For internal use, the following applies: If stomach problems occur, peppermint preparations should be discontinued. Patients with liver damage, gallstones or gallbladder inflammation are best not to take the mint tablet in the first place.

Use in food

Peppermint is not only an effective medicinal plant, but also a spicy culinary herb. Whether as the main ingredient in tea, as a flavor carrier in chewing gum, as a treat in chocolate or as the icing on the cake in English sauces and cocktails - peppermint refreshes. Once again, the menthol determines the taste. The secret: menthol acts on the cold receptors and leaves a cool feeling on the tongue and on the palate.


Thomas Brendler, Joerg Gruenwald, Christof Jaenicke | last changed on at 13:04