Peppermint is recognized the world over
for its signature minty, fresh aroma. The essential
oil, distilled from the fresh leaves of the Mentha
piperita plant, retains that powerfully refreshing
Peppermint herb is a time-honored remedy
for promoting healthy digestion and soothing upset
stomach. In fact,
it’s currently listed in several European pharmacopoeias
as an effective digestive aid.
Peppermint oil is equally
valuable. The penetrating
vapors work quickly to enhance the breathing
passages and maximize
respiratory function. Peppermint’s
primary compound, Menthol, produces a cooling sensation
that relaxes tense muscles and alleviates minor strains
and muscular discomforts.
Aromatherapists also recommend
invigorating scent to enhance mental focus and concentration,
increase alertness, as well as to ease tension and
stress. For athletes, these unique properties may significantly
help to improve athletic performance, not only by increasing
mood and motivation, but also by enhancing the breathing
passages, thereby maximizing oxygen intake.
is believed by botanists to be a hybrid of Water
Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha
spicata). It belongs to the same family as the popular
herbs Lavender and Rosemary. Peppermint is native
to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated
throughout Europe, Australia and parts of North America.