Scientific Name: Mentha x piperita
Origin: Unites States
Ah, the sweet and cooling taste of Peppermint. It’s a flavor we’ve grown to know and love in everything from ice cream, cookies, cakes and candy to teas, cocktails and… well, mints. But these leaves are actually capable of a lot more than simply imparting their zing into your day. Discovered in 1696 England, it soon became recognized for its long list of medicinal properties. Best known for aiding in digestion, Peppermint is also recommended for upset stomachs, colds, flu, sore throats, dry coughs and colonic spasms.
But the delicious advantages don’t end there. This mighty herb also has an array of potential skin benefits that can help reduce itchiness, treat poison ivy or oak and relieve arthritis. So, the next time you take a sip of your holiday tea or indulge in a little peppermint candy, take solace in knowing that you’re actually doing your body a bit of good.
Able to help safely alleviate certain disorders in the digestive tract, Peppermint Leaf holds natural anti-inflammatory properties that can ensure proper functioning of the gastrointestinal system. There’s research to suggest that it can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, reduce colonic spasms, gas and bloating; and aid in the relief of upset stomach or indigestion.
Thanks in part to its strong and distinct aroma, Peppermint Leaf is effective in alleviating congestion from the nose, mouth, throat, and lungs. With natural cooling properties, it can also ease inflammation and reduce stress in the oral cavities. These properties even allow Peppermint Leaf to be effective in the treatment or reduction of asthma and asthma-related symptoms.
As a natural stimulant, Peppermint Leaf is shown to have a positive effect on symptoms of depression and fatigue. It does so by promoting more restful sleep, allowing the body to better heal itself and increase overall energy consumption. These factors can also lead to higher levels of alertness, as well as better cognitive function and memory retention.
Peppermint Leaf is also believed to help the body in a variety of other ways as well. It has the potential to stimulate digestive enzymes that allow for better nutrient absorption through digestion. Its antiseptic and antipruritic qualities help to cleanse and detoxify the skin. And it can even alleviate pain and discomfort caused by headaches and migraines.
The recommended dose for Peppermint leaf is 1 teaspoon per cup of water to be steeped as a tea.
- It can be used in a wide array of homemade products and culinary treats. From soaps, creams, and candles to mouthwash, lip balm, and potpourri, it has the potential to brighten up just about any part of your day. In fact, we suggest infusing it into melted chocolate for a delicious treat with an unexpected twist.
More than just a cool and refreshing flavor for confections and desserts, Peppermint Leaf has a history that dates back to 1,000 BC and ancient Egyptian culture. It was also used by the Romans, who grew it as a digestive aid and for various other medicinal purposes. A naturally occurring hybrid of water mint and spearmint, Peppermint found its way to both England and the United States in the mid- to late-1700s. There, it became commonplace within doctors’ offices, distilleries, and shops of all sizes. Its popularity continues on today as a flavoring in a wide variety of products, including toothpaste, chewing gum, chocolates, and breath mints.
If stored correctly, our Peppermint Leaf has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.