Mint - Everything You need to know about Posted on 12 Dec 00:27 , 2 comments

Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint.

Additional names and types: Pennyroyal, Minthi, Varsamos, Menthol.

Dried Peppermint thespartantable 


But the more useful  is peppermint the medication, namely peppermint.

All the varieties of Mint considering as the most natural aphrodisiacs.

 In all botany books, you will find mint to reference the additional names, ie mint, pennyroyal, etc.

The same will also see the description of the menthol.

Here we will describe the types of mint like a plant, citing specifically the characteristics of 'mint peppery. "


Origin – History:

The mint plants came to Europe from the East. The Arabs for centuries drink tea spearmint or peppermint as a stimulant of sexual capacity.

The Mint was a great herb for the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Dioscorides, Pliny, and Hippocrates is often mentioned as a plant with great medicinal value with a wonderful aroma.

Ancient Greeks rubbed their eyes with mint before sitting at the table. Also, they added it in their bath.

From the sixth century in France and England were cleaning the teeth with creams flavored with mint.

At 1696 botanists in Britain recommended mint for diarrhea.



In cooking, mint is used a lot in meals all Mediterranean countries, aromatizing sauces, meatballs, vinegar and wines.

The menthol contained in the mint serves improver of smell and taste of many drugs.


Useful parts: The leaves and flowering tops.


Active substances: The Peppermint oil containing menthol, mentoni, jasmonate, tannin, alcohols, aldehydes and bitter substances. Each type and catnip or peppermint is containing different amounts of each substance.

For example, water mint contains no menthol while Japanese peppermint has 92% menthol.


Properties - Indications: The fresh leaves relieves the pain of rheumatism if rubbed at the pained joints and relieve a headache if they rubbed on the forehead.

The essential oil is used for gargling in gingivitis, tonsillitis, inflammations of the nasopharynx.

Smoked tops become poultice to mastitis (swelling of milk) and erysipelas.

They have antiseptic, astringent and narcotic power and stimulate attenuated organisms.




The "tea" either as decoction or infusion is recommended in cases of diarrhea and indigestion as anticonvulsant after vomiting or to soothe inflammation of the intestinal system.

It also helps in insomnia, cramps, nervous hawk and hiccup relieving the stretched nerves.

Finally, in large quantities it is a natural aphrodisiac.

Be careful, though: if you eat the leaves fade erotic impulses and soothe the pain of teeth. They cause diuresis and so helps in cases of colic.

The infusion of peppermint can be used as a lotion in problem skin.


How to use: The spearmint and peppermint are used:

As infusate: Soak a teaspoon leaves in a cup of water at room temperature for 30 - 60 minutes.

Then start to drink every few minutes from a spoonful.

As a decoction: Boil 10 grams of leaves in a liter of water. Drink 3 cups a day.

As essential oil: With strong dilution gargles.

If you suffer from biliary you can after each meal to eat 2-3 raw mint leaves or to drink a small cup of mint infusion.

The English herbalist Gerard said the mint pounded with salt can be placed in a dog bite or sting wasp and bee.

In our country and specially in Crete, tie pads with crushed mint with green lemon peel for a headache.


Additional applications: In the old days they rubbed their teeth with mint leaves to turn white and scattered leaves (fresh or dried) around food stored at home to remove mice.

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Although mint plants have been used for centuries as both a culinary and medicinal herb, as

with any treatment or medication, mint is a potent herb and should be used judiciously in consultation with your health care provider. It can interact with other medicines and when used as a medicine should be used only after consulting your pharmacist.