Monograph: Peppermint

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Date: 2018-08-28

NHPID name

Mentha x piperita ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Mentha x piperita ( USDA 2008 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Leaf ( Unavailable )

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Those suited to the allowable route(s) of administration. This monograph is not intended to include food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:

General Oil, Essential (water steam distillation) Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve nausea and vomiting.  ( Boon and Smith 2004 , Hoffmann 2003 , Blumenthal et al. 2000 , Felter and Lloyd 1983[1898] )




1 Day per day

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Contraindication(s): No statement is required Known Adverse Reaction(s):

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use


Dried leaf:


Directions for use:


2 g dried equivalent, 2 to 3 times per day
(1:1, 2 ml) (Blumenthal et al. 2000)


Directions for use:

Take on an empty stomach (Boon and Smith 2004).

Solid extract:

1.54-2.57 g dried equivalent, 2 to 3 times per day
(3.5-4.5:1, 0.44-0.57 g) (Blumenthal et al. 2000)

Distilled oil:

Directions for use:

Take drops in water or on a lump of sugar (ESCOP 2003).