(Mentha Sativa, Mentha Arventis)
This is a small plant. Spearmint, peppermint and mentha viridis are the varieties. It is an astringent, refrigerant, stomachic, diuretic, stimulant, carminative and antispasmodic. It is usually used in the form of ‘chutnie’ in loss of appetite, nausea or tendency to vomit. It is useful in anorexia or loss of appetite and diarrhea. It improves appetite. The whole plant can be dried and powdered and made use of as a tooth powder.
Bind mint across your forehead. This will relieve headache.
A cupful of mint0tea, morning and evening, improves digestion. It is useful in fever, jaundice, hiccup, stomachache, and pain in the bowels, headache, vomiting, nausea, anorexia or loss of appetite, dysmenorrhoea or difficult menstruation and pain in the abdomen caused by dysmenorrhoea. It gives good sleep and increases the flow of urine.
The powder gives the same results in the above ailments. Take one or two pinches daily in the food or in water. Mint can be added to hot milk or tea. This removes abdominal pain.
Pudina Tel or oil is the oil distilled from the fresh flowering spearmint, mentha viridis or mentha crispa. Its main active principles are carvone and menthone. It resembles the oil of peppermint. This is useful in headache as an external application. It is taken internally in dyspepsia, flatulence or wind in the bowels and abdominal pain. The dose is 1 to 3 minims or drops.
Peppermint water is made out of oil of spearmint 1, water 1500 and distilled to 1000. Dose is 1 to 2 fluid ounces. This is also useful in loss of appetite, colic or pain in the belly, vomiting, wind in the bowels, etc.