Peppermint

Latin Name

Mentha x piperita

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Menthol, Menthone

Distilled Component

Herb flowering

Recommended Use

Traditionally used in phytotherapy to help relieve nausea and vomiting.

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and children under the age of 6.

Anecdote

The wives of the Romans used it to hide the smell of the wine they drank secretly at a time when the law sentenced to death whoever consumed a drink strictly reserved for men and Gods. In the pyramids of Egypt, archaeologists found dried peppermint leaves dating back to the 1st millennium before Christ. The first accurate botanical description of the peppermint was given in England during the 17th century. The herbarium of the British Museum in London displays samples several hundreds of years old.