This is about mint, including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement.
The genus of Mint goes by the scientific name of Mentha. The scientific name of peppermint is Mentha piperita. Spearmint's scientific name is Mentha spicata. Mentha suaveolens is the proper name for pineapple mint. Mentha arvensis has the common names of wild mint, field mint and cornmint.
Mint belongs to the Lamiaceae family, and this family also goes by Labiatae or the mint family.
Spearmint is often suggested to have estrogenic properties, however, it appears to have androgenic attributes. A review noted that spearmint tea increased luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, but it claimed that mint had neglible effect on total androgen levels. According to a study by Celik et al., peppermint is an aromatase inhibitor. A rise of LH levels subsequently raises androgens. Mint can raise estrogen levels likely due to its FSH raising ability. Peppermint was not as throughly investigated as spearmint, but it contains many of the same properties.
Mentha arvensis (cornmint) has lowered the mineralcorticoid corticosterone in rats.
Phytohormones of interest
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) contains anethole, and the lignan cyclolariciresinol.
Peppermint contains the phytohormone anisoles: estragole and anethole (trans-anethole).
Based on anectodal evidence, mint appears to have androgenic properties. In small doses, spearmint increases estrogenic signs on the body. However, in larger doses, mint causes acne, increased menstrual heaviness, and hirsuitism symptoms. This suggests that in small doses, androgenic properties of mint sensitize aromatase conversion. This estrogenic response becomes limited with higher doses of mint.
Spearmint seems to contain an ERα antagonist. The ERα antagonist could be due to lignans, and it is less likely to be anisoles.
Mentha for breast enhancement
Spearmint use should be limited to minimal amounts, at times to only once per phase. Spearmint has caused bust enhancement during premenstrual, but its use here is not sustainable. During menses, it can only be used once at the beginning. Spearmint is prefered over peppermint, as peppermint's effects on menses are stronger.
For more lasting and balanced effects, see the herb programs or the ebook for the full herbal combination.
Herb timing and combinations' success for breast enhancement relies on menstrual phases.
Descriptions of results from combination herb use, potentially Mentha or herbs with similar properties, can be seen in the program blogs of: anon03, anon05, Canadian Belle, hirsutism01 and hirsutism02.
Basil (Ocimum) contains anisoles, which spearmint and peppermint also have. Basil is also an emmanogogue, which seems to be stronger than mints. Basil is not recommended: it seems too strong, and it is less suitable than peppermint or spearmint.
It hasn't been investigated if sesame seed is a replacement for spearmint. Sesame seed also contains the lignan cyclolariciresinol, which many other seeds and herbs don't have. Sesame seed is one of the highest known sources of lignans.
Concentrates of mint are easily toxic in amounts comparable to a teaspoon.
There are questions about herbs that contain anisoles: anethole, estragole or their derivatives about their roles in cancer. Herbs containing anisoles that are commonly used in food are not a major concern.
See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Proper nutrition is a consideration for health. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
It is very important that menses be light and not prolonged.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance, and hirsutism program journals #1 and #2 before trying herbs.
Herb concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in solid form. This can easily lead to hormone imbalances. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Concentrates shouldn't be used to overcome plateaus. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. Essential oils are not recommended for breast enhancement. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil), or water.
Pictures of breast enhancement can be seen at the past program blogs of Bubblemelon and anon02.
breast-endocrinology.pdf describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. It also describes symptoms related to hormone imbalances. Biology and hormone imbalances are excerpts from this ebook. breast-endocrinology.pdf uses a Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0) license.
super-bazongas.pdf is the 2nd volume that is a breast enhancement guide. It continues with a theory of herb use for breast development, and the application for herb use. This volume is free for personal and fair use.
For resources on hips and butt enhancement, see: /appendix/hips-butt-enhancement and /appendix/kettlebell.
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Blog updates: breast topics and health related content.
- An Update on Plant Derived Anti-Androgens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693613/.
- Spearmint herbal tea has significant anti-androgen effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome. A randomized controlled trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19585478/.
- Effect of spearmint (Mentha spicata Labiatae) teas on androgen levels in women with hirsutism. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17310494.
- A Comparative Analysis of the Chemical Composition, Anti-Inflammatory, and Antinociceptive Effects of the Essential Oils from Three Species of Mentha Cultivated in Romania. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6155945/.
- The Anti-Stress Effect of Mentha arvensis in Immobilized Rats. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29370076.
- Modulation of Aromatase by Phytoestrogens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4699002/.
- Investigation of aromotase inhibition by several dietary vegetables in human non–small cell lung cancer cell lines. https://www.journalagent.com/tjb/pdfs/TJB_38_2_207_217.pdf.
- Phenolic and Volatile Composition of a Dry Spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) Extract. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6274304/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA Plant profile: Mentha. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=MENTH.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Mentha. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomygenus.aspx?id=7464.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Lamiaceae. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomyfamily.aspx?id=619.