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Alternate Title

Mentha x piperita L., Menthol

Category

Herbs & Supplements

Synonyms

Balm mint, black peppermint, brandy mint, curled mint, Feullis de menthe, Japanese peppermint, Katzenkraut (German), lamb mint, menta prima (Italian), Mentha arvensis L. var piperascens, Menthae piperitae aetheroleum (peppermint oil), Menthae piperita var officinalis, Menthae piperitae folium (peppermint leaf), Menthe anglaise, Menthe poivre, Menthe poivree, Mentha piperita var vulgaris, Our Lady's mint, pebermynte (Danish), peppermint oil, Pfefferminz (German), Porminzen, Schmecker, spearmint (Mentha spicata L.), water mint (Mentha aquatica), white peppermint, WS(R) 1340.

Note: Mentha x villosa L. is a different species of mint with a similar appearance, used primarily as a flavoring agent.

Background

Peppermint is a flowering plant that grows throughout Europe and North America. Peppermint is widely cultivated for its fragrant oil. Peppermint oil has been used historically for numerous health conditions, including common cold symptoms, cramps, headache, indigestion, joint pain, and nausea. Peppermint leaf has been used for stomach/ intestinal disorders and for gallbladder disease.

Mint plants such as peppermint and spearmint have a long history of medicinal use, dating to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The scientific name for peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is derived from the name Mintha, a Greek mythological nymph who transformed herself into the plant, and from the Latin piper meaning "pepper." Peppermint is believed to be a cross (hybrid) between spearmint and water mint.

Peppermint oil is available in bulk herb oil, enteric- coated capsules, soft gelatin capsules, and in liquid form. In small doses, such as in tea or chewing gum, peppermint is generally believed to be safe in healthy, non- pregnant, non- allergic adults. The United States is a principal producer of peppermint, and the largest markets for peppermint oil are manufacturers of chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and pharmaceuticals.

               
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