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 fragrance.
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 Peppermint oil’s 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.
Peppermint 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.