Peppermint – Mentha Piperita - Mint

Blending Note: Top

Origin: Mediterranean, Western Asia

Other producers are: USA, Brazil, Egypt

Allergy Warning: Sensitive Skin, Do Not use when Pregnant, Do Not Use on Babies

Main Benefits: Indigestion, Colds, Flu, Headache, Fatigue

Properties: Antiseptic, Anti Inflammatory, Analgesic, Local Anaesthetic

Short History of Peppermint

The ancient Egyptians were probably the first people to cultivate Peppermint. The remains of the dried leaves from bouquets have been found I a tomb dating from about 300BC. According to hieroglyphics found in the temple of Edfu, mint was also an ingredient in their sacred incense formula, kyphi. However the generic name of the plant, Mentha, is thought to derive from the Greek and Roman myth in which Minthe, a beautiful nymph, was pursued by Hades, god of the underworld. Jealous Persephone found out about her husband’s infidelity and turned Minthe into an herb to be trampled underfoot. Other sources report that the name derives from the Latin mente, meaning thought. Certainly many Varieties of mint were frequently mentioned by Dioscorides, Hippocrates and Pliny as strewing herbs which could dispel foul odours and prevent the spread of infectious disease. 

The piercing aroma of peppermint has always been credited with the ability to clear the mind and help concentration. Pliny (23-72AD) declared that the smell of it alone recovers and refreshes the spirits. The Greeks and Romans used teas made from the herb to scent their bath water and as a general restorative. They also used peppermint as a medicine for flatulence and headaches. And for centuries the Arabs have taken peppermint tea to stimulate their virility and as a social drink. By the 14th century peppermint essential oil was being incorporated in substances to whiten teeth, and later in mouthwashes to mask the smell of tobacco. According to John Gerard, the renowned Elizabethan herbalist, the smell of mint rejoiceth the heart of a man. He also considered it a good posie for students oft to smell and especially beneficial for those of a weak constitution.

About Peppermint:

The mint family contains 25 species and numerous natural hybrids. Water mint and spearmint. Although native to the Meditrranean countries and western Asia, many varieties are now cultivated all over the world. These include water mint and spearmint. However peppermint, thought to be a natural hybrid between water mint and spearmint, is regarded as superior for medicinal purposes because of its high menthol content.  Thera are two forms of the plant. White Peppermint with bright green stems and leaves and black peppermint with purple stems and dark green leaves. Black peppermint yields the highest concentration of essential oil and is the favoured variety for commercial cultivation. 

Medicinal uses:

Fever, Indigestion, Colic, Nausea, Catarrh, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Colds, Influenza,  Muscular aches and pains, Headaches, Digestive Problems, Earache, Eye Strain, Fainting, Flatulence, Foot Odour, Jetlag, Mental Fatigue Coughs, Inflammation, Toothache, Ringworms, Scabies

Other Uses:

Refresh, Clears the head, After Sun Lotion, Burners, Inhalation, Soap, Skin Freshener, Tired Eyes, Foot Soak, Foot Lotion, Facial Mask for oily skin, Shower Gel, Massage, Balm