|Botanical Nomenclature||Calamintha officinalis|
|Taxonomy- Family||Lamiaceae or Labiatae|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Calamintha officinalis is a perennial plant growing from 0,6 to 0,8 cm, with opposite, oval leaves and pink or white flowers. The blossoming and harvesting take place from July to September.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||leaves|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, tannins, flavonoids, tocopherols, bitter agents|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||Calamintha officinalis has antiemetic, spasmolytic and disinfectant properties. The herbal tea is administered to enhance the digestion and the function of liver and bile. It is also recommended in the form of gargle for the treatment of tonsillitis, nasopharyngitis and gingivitis.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea as antiemetic, antispasmodic and antiseptic. It is also recommended in the form gargle against the inflammations of the upper respiratory system. It is often one of the components in toothpastes, due to its antiseptic and disinfectant action.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||Avoid prolonged use in children and infants|
|References||1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22076933 2)http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2009.0191 3)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/calami06.html 4)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/c/calamintha-sylvatica=calamint.php 5)http://www.herbgarden.co.za/mountainherb/herbinfo.php?id=68 6)http://www.researchgate.net/publication/49669006_Chemical_composition_and_biological_activities_of_Calamintha_officinalis_Moench_essential_oil|