Peppermint Leaf (Organic)

Peppermint Leaf (Organic)

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Common Name

Peppermint

Latin Name

Mentha piperita

Plant Family

Lamiaceae

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Overview

Peppermint is native to Europe and is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It is the most common type of mint, and its smell is the ‘mint smell’ that people are most often used to. 

Typical Preparations

Taken internally as a tea, powder, capsules, or extract. The essential oil is often used topically. Peppermint both fresh and dried has many culinary uses, and is often found in candy and gum.

Medicinal Uses

Peppermint is excellent at helping to relax muscle spasms and reduce gas, colic, bloating. In the appropriate dose during pregnancy, it may help to relieve nausea. Peppermint is generally safe to be used by people of all ages.

Active Constituents

Volatile oil, phenolic acids, flavonoids, nutrients.

Other

The Assyrians used peppermint as an offering to their fire god. As well, peppermint has made appearances in Greek mythology when Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant due to Proserpine.