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Dried leaves and flowering tops of Mentha piperita (family Labiatae); a carminative and antiemetic.
1. A hybrid perennial plant (Mentha ×piperita) in the mint family, having small purple or white flowers and downy leaves that yield a pungent oil used as a flavoring and in some medicinal preparations.
2. A candy or lozenge flavored with oil from this plant.
Chinese medicine Peppermint is used in Chinese herbal medicine as an infusion for cough, flatulence, headaches, laryngitis, indigestion, menstrual disorders, sinusitis
Herbal medicine Uses Internally for colic, flatulence, inflammation, and increased bile flow, inhaled as an expectorant, for respiratory tract infections, and topically as a local anaesthetic
Toxicity Pure peppermint should not be ingested, as it causes arrhythmias; peppermint tea should be ingested with caution in young children and pregnancy, and never in women with a history of miscarriage
Dried leaves and flowering tops of Mentha piperita; carminative and antiemetic.