Yerba Buena ( Peppermint)
Yerna Buena or commonly known as peppermint.
|Peppermint/ Yerba Buena/ Daun Mint|
Scientific Name is Clinopodium douglasii. Belongs to the mint family. In the Philippines, this plant has been listed in the 10 Medicinal Plants of the Philippines and is recognized for its medicinal value.
It is a small herb with elliptical leaves.
Use the leaves for the following:
a.) Headache and Stomachache : Boil chopped leaves in 2 cups of water for 15 mins. Cool and strain and drink every 3 hours.
b.) Rheumatism, arthritis: Crush the leaves and massage on knees or where pain is
c.) Cough and Colds : Soak in a cup of hot water 10 fresh leaves and drink as a tea.
d.) Menstrual and gas pain: soak a handful of leaves in a glass of boiling water.
Drink infusion. It induces menstrual flow and sweating.
e.) Nausea and fainting : crush leaves and apply at nostrils of patient
f.) Toothache : squeeze sap of a fresh leaf. Soak a piece of cotton in the sap
and insert this in aching tooth cavity. Mouth should be rinsed by gargling salt
solution before inserting the cotton. To prepare salt solution add 5 grams of
table salt to one cup of water.
g.) Insect bites: crush leaves or pound leaves unitl paste-like then apply juice on affected part
The leaves can also be used for cooking.
This plant can be readily planted on a small pot so that everytime you want to use it. Its readily available.
Why not plant Yerba Buena today so you have it when you need it.