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What is the effect of peppermint on the stomach?

If there is a plant that is in hundreds of home remedies, it is peppermint, which is abundant in Mexican kitchens for all ailments, especially against stomach upsets, but how much has its use been tested? effect on the digestive system?

“Have some tea” is the classic cure against various ‘ailments’ of the body, such as when indigestion occurs due to overeating during holiday bingescolic, a cold and there are even some that are promoted to lose weight.

In this pot of infusions to benefit the stomach we find plants such as ginger, cinnamon, chamomile and there is no shortage of peppermint.

What is peppermint tea used for?

This herb with a refreshing aroma that grows in patios and gardens is native to the Mediterranean, its flavor and smell They look a lot like mintin fact, They are from the same family (lipped) and is also known as mint or garden mint.

According to him Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomyin Mexico the varieties are popularly used Mentha arvensis (wild mint), Mentha sativa and Mentha spictata (common peppermint):

“It is used in broths, stews and soups, both to perfume them and for their digestive qualities, for which it acquires its name”.


LiveStrong details that many people around the world use the term mint to describe mint and peppermint equallyalthough that same family includes other herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, bergamot:

“Mint is the sixth largest species of flowering plants and encompasses many different garden favorites.”

Also known as green minthas a sweet flavor and is frequently used to flavor toothpastes, mouthwashes, chewing gum and candies, mentions Healthline.

The UNAM Digital Library of Traditional Mexican Medicine details several types of peppermint generally used to treat digestive disorders such as:

  • Stomachache.
  • Help digestion.
  • Treat the ’empathy’.
  • Food indigestion.
  • Threw up.
  • When the patient does not consent to anything in the stomach.

But beyond the popular advice of the anecdote,It has really been proven that works in the stomach?

What does peppermint do to the stomach?

Yes ok research is limitedpeppermint has some compounds that can help against stomach upsets.

It should be noted that the essential oils from several plants of the same family and very rarely the tea that is taken by popular advice, but moderate effects could be seen when consuming its infusion.

However, an infusion does not replace any medical treatment.


Beneficial oils for the stomach

The Digital Library of Traditional Mexican Medicine explains that a essential oil rich in mentholmenthone and other substances with properties to eliminate parasitic worms, antivirals and more.

Which, said site adds, “evidence the effectiveness of the plant in digestive disorders produced by the presence of intestinal worms and a certain calming action.”

According to Healthlinementhol confers refreshing properties and aroma to plants of this family and has been shown antibacterial activity in some studies against some bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses and contagious diseases.

Against indigestion

Healthline says that peppermint is commonly used to relieve indigestion symptoms, nausea, vomiting and gas; Its compound carvone has been found to strongly inhibit muscle contractions of the digestive tract, which may explain its use in home remedies.

“Although studies on the effects of this type of mint on digestion are limited, some evidence suggests it may be helpful”adds said site.

It has been studied that its essential oils can be useful against nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. However, it is not known exactly how effective the tea may be.


Against irritable bowel symptoms

Healthline highlights that a study with people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome tested a product containing peppermint, lemon balm and coriander along with loperamide for diarrhea or psyllium for constipation:

“People who received the supplement containing spearmint reported less abdominal paindiscomfort and swelling compared to those in the placebo group.”


A little more is known about a relative of this plant: the peppermint (Mentha × piperita), which is a cross between peppermint Mentha spicata and the aquatic

The health agency National Institutes of Health (NIH) talks about the healing uses of the famous piperitea hybrid peppermint plant that has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, for digestive disorders and other conditions.

Currently, its oilIt is used for irritable bowel syndrome and Other digestive problems, the NIH mentions:

“There is no evidence to show that taking peppermint oil alone may help. In fact, peppermint oil taken alone can worsen indigestion in some people and cause unwanted side effects.”


Against some bacteria

Peppermint has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which Healthline says help eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath and cause foodborne illnesses, such as E. coli and Listeria.

How to prepare peppermint for stomach pain?

According to the Atlas of the Plants of Traditional Mexican Medicine, if an upset stomach occurs, it is popularly done an infusion with boiled mintits leaves are used fresh or dried.

In some places it is recommended drink it before each meal until the pain subsides. In addition, it is suitable to drink at night, since it does not contain caffeine. You can add a little honey to avoid sugar.

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