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.
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.
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.
Volatile oil, phenolic acids, flavonoids, nutrients.
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.