The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database considers Peppermint oil as safe when applied topically to the skin, but studies are limited.
A couple of German studies, both from the University of Heidelberg, observed that Peppermint, as well as Lemon Balm, Prunella Vulgaris and Sage (all in the same plant family), showed a high antiviral activity against strains HSV-1 and HSV-2. Peppermint also showed activity against an acyclovir resistant strain of HSV-1.
Peppermint, while often used as a flavoring in food and tea, is also touted as a remedy for HSV-1 and HSV-2. However, Peppermint oil can be extremely toxic in small quantities over time, so use sparingly. Check for reddening or inflammation of the skin, hives, burning or stinging.
When choosing to drink Peppermint tea or other concoctions containing Peppermint, keep in mind that while Peppermint can help with stomach complaints, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can also cause problems by relaxing the esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the top of the stomach that holds it closed so food can't come back up) and cause indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn.
Symptoms of Peppermint toxicity are breathing difficulties and heart palpitations. Taking large quantities can lead to even more serious problems, so use Peppermint carefully or, instead of using Peppermint, use Catnip, which has little to no side-effects in older children and adults, and also contains antiviral properties.
Catnip is also my number one tea of choice for Highly Sensitive People.
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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