This article is very hot in its nature, and may be used to advantage to promote perspiration and overpower the cold. I have frequently used it for that purpose with success, but it is volatile, and will not retain the heat long in the stomach. In colds and slight attacks of disease, to drink freely of a tea made of this herb on going to bed will throw it off.
The essence of peppermint is a standard article for wind colic and cramps, a few drops in water or on sugar being the best method of employing it. The herb may be made into an infusion which may be freely used as a drink. The oil is usually employed to flavor syrups; eight drops, first rubbed up thoroughly with sugar, will be sufficient to flavor a quart of syrup.