Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Peppermint
Part of A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV
One common way to use the plant is to pour hot water over dried peppermint leaves, cover the mixture, let sit ten minutes and then take as a tea. Peppermint oil is usually available where other essential oils are sold and is also available in a pill form called Colpermin, which has an enteric coating to protect the stomach. Colpermin, available in Canada with a prescription, is covered by many health plans. Dried peppermint leaves can be purchased loose or in capsule form in most health food stores and from herbalists. The plant is also easy to grow in most areas of Canada.
Peppermint may irritate the stomach, particularly when taken in higher doses or on an empty stomach. Other rare side effects include rashes, heartburn, slowing of the heart beat and muscle tremors. People applying peppermint oil to the skin may experience a rash caused by an allergic reaction. Peppermint may interact with some antidepressants.
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