Peppermint can be labeled as the lovechild between spearmint and water mint. This plant is indigenous to Europe and Middle East and now can be found in places all over the world. Peppermint grows best in moist shaded locations. In peppermint the chemical makeup shows high levels of menthol content. This aromatic plant grows of to about 3 feet in height. Peppermint has been used for ingestion since Ancient Egyptian times.
Due to its high levels of menthol, peppermint is a cooling and relaxing herb that contains properties that can ease inflamed tissues, calm muscle spasms or cramps and excavate bacteria and microorganisms. Peppermint has a variety of uses and benefits to the human body. The plant itself is where the medicinal uses stem from. The plant contains volatile oil, flavonoids, phenolic acid and triterpenes. The oil extracted from the plant contains the menthol, menthone and menthol acetate. The menthol acetate is where the strong and unique scent of peppermint comes from. The interesting thing about peppermint is the content and quality of peppermint oil is all based on the origin of the peppermint plant. Peppermint oil from America contains 50-78% menthol, whereas across the pond in England, English peppermint has 60-70% menthol and over in Japan the peppermint contains 85% of menthol.
Peppermint contains a wide variety of vitamin A and C, magnesium copper and iron. And these minerals and vitamins give it a great nutritional value and have exceptional medicinal benefits!
Peppermint can be found on the market in so many different shapes and forms. Peppermint is one of the leading flavouring agents across the world. Products such as chewing gum, mints, candies, ice cream and even cigarettes just to name a few have peppermint flavoured products. Not only is the taste used a lot but the scent as well. Peppermint can be found in cosmetics such as lip balms, perfumes, detergents and soaps. But what is it that makes peppermint so infectious? Peppermint is known to treat many ailments of skin and is known for its therapeutic benefits.
For as long as I can remember peppermint has been instilled in any form of medicine that was used to help with any respiratory ailments. Peppermint helps with asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and coughs. Peppermint tea is another fashion that you can use to help with congestion flu’s and upper respiratory infections. Peppermint is also a cough suppressant because the peppermint increases the production of saliva causing constant swallowing and therefore suppressing the cough reflex. Therefore it is fair to say that peppermint is indeed extremely multi-faceted