PEPPERMINT (MENTHA PIPERITA) DRIED HERB
The world's most familiar "mint scent" is the aroma of peppermint. In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a plant (peppermint) when Proserpine, in a jealous rage, found out that Pluto was in love with her. Even earlier, Assyrians used it as an offering to their fire god. Peppermint contains an essential oil that is unique to other mints for its quality and flavor, and artificial mint compounds do not effectively duplicate its aroma or medicinal effects. Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs in teas, candies, and chewing gums.
Peppermint is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold.
For best results, avoid boiling a peppermint tea, and instead add simmering water to a cup of the material instead of boiling directly. Use about 1-2 teaspoons of herb for one cup of water.