Mentha x piperita
Peppermint can be used for its aroma, its taste, and its chemical compounds that may soothe internal discomfort. This versatile herb has been used for centuries and has been historically documented by ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt, and Rome. Peppermint originated in the moist areas of Europe and North America, but today peppermint is grown around the world and used in thousands of everyday products.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Researchers have attributed peppermint as a reliever of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms, such as constipation and bloating. Peppermint has chemical compounds, such as menthol (anti-spasm), menthone (anti-inflammatory), beta-caryophyllene (anti-gas), etc., to help ease gastrointestinal discomfort.
Motherlove uses peppermint for the Morning Sickness Blend, in order to help ease digestive discomfort that can come with pregnancy. Peppermint is not only known to help intestinal discomfort, but it has been documented to help calm stomach muscles and fight nausea symptoms.
What It Looks Like: Peppermint has square stems and smooth, dark green leaves. Peppermint is an aromatic perennial herb that can be cultivated for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Peppermint is from the mint family (Lamiaceae) and a hybrid of both watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata).
Things to Know: Peppermint is generally safe to use, as it is common is everyday foods and flavorings. Though it is a common herb, you should consult with your healthcare practitioner before ingesting herbal supplements while you are pregnant.
What We Use It In: Morning Sickness Blend