Peppermint Oil ( Mentha Piperita ). Abeer Khattab-History Jennifer Hadra-Chemistry Amanda Trudeau-Research History. Peppermint – Mentha piperita. Family Name : Labiatae Other Name : Mentha It is an aromatic herbaceous plant of the mint family
Amanda Trudeau-Research History
Flower: Small and pale purple, born on leafless terminal spikes in loose disconnected whorls.
Fruit and Bark : None .
Form : Grows 1- 3 feet, plant grows best in dark, moist soil, related to spearmint.Description of Peppermint Plant
Dr. David Julius’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that menthol activates cold receptors in our tissues called CMR1 receptors.
They have the same structure and way of working like VR1 receptors for sensation of cold and heat (menthol and capsaicin).
Fresh crushed leaves can be applied locally to relieve pain, in paths it can be used to relieve rheumatic and muscle pains.
Compounds from the peppermint plant are extracted from the leaves. Peppermint has a wide variety of uses. Some of those include:
Flavorings: water, toothpaste, teas etc.
Antacid/Anti-nausea tablets Fever
Genetic Engineering Vomiting
Common cold Antispasmodic agent
Bronchitis Increase Esophageal Acid Clearance
At this time dosage amounts are unclear. Several studies were reviewed and concluded that there were no reported side effects or tissue damage with the use of peppermint
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