Peppermint (Not My Cup Of Tea)
Re: Peppermint with regards to soothing large intestines or in general? Just curious since Tony P. recommends it as one of the things to use as estrogen blocking, besides his top pick of rosemary.
No disrespect to Tony P., but other herbalists claim peppermint is loaded with “libido-killing phytoestrogens,” leading to comments like the following in cyberspace …
“Lowers testosterone and possibly fries testicles long term. Women use it to combat hirsutism.”
Peppermint contains at least two ingredients that make me cautious.
Pulegone is an insecticide and menthol is an out-and-out poison.
Yes, many people cite the virtues of menthol, and it has its upsides.
But an overdose is possible if too much is taken (and menthol exists in other herbs too).
Herbal ingredients vary according to where and how they are grown and processed.
I’m also three miles north of the cheering section when it comes to peppermint’s menthone, menthyl acetate, and caryophyllene.
Peppermint relaxes the cardiac valve (between the esophagus and stomach), so it’s a known cause of heartburn and GERD.
Some herbalists advise taking peppermint in capsule form to avoid the cardiac valve, but, whatever I can’t chew, I avoid.
The mouth, according to Swami Nitty-Gritty, is the “only atomic part of digestion.”
It goes without saying that peppermint oil is more potent than the herb …
“Peppermint oil, when taken by mouth in pills with a special (enteric) coating to prevent contact with the stomach, is POSSIBLY SAFE for children 8 years of age and older.”
Over-applying peppermint oil to the skin can change its “icy-hot” feeling into “burning hot” and irritation.
It’s called contact dermatitis.
One of my friends is a big fan of peppermint oil, using it all day, and he wound up with intestinal gangrene.
Maybe it’s a coincidence.
Correlation is not causation.
The following is anecdotal and personal, so feel free to ignore it …
The odor of peppermint tea makes me nauseous.
Drinking it is out of the question.
That’s why I personally walk big circles around it.
According to a case report in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology …
“We report a case of IgE mediated anaphylaxis to peppermint (Mentha piperita) in a male shortly after sucking on a candy.”
“IgE mediated anaphylaxis to peppermint is rare.”
It’s even rarer than they realize because peppermint candy is not peppermint (Mentha piperita).
It’s usually a cross between spearmint (Mentha spicata) and watermint (Mentha aquatica) laced with high fructose corn syrup and toxic chemicals like Red 40.