Although our website promotes a wide range of health benefits from infusions and teas, most of them are not supported by published literature. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t experience a benefit; it simply means that scientists don’t know if the benefit can be replicated in scientific studies.
Peppermint contains the following phytonutrient:
- L-menthol > intestinal antispasmodic properties
The potential health benefits of these phytonutrients are:
- Relieving stomach pain and intestinal cramps
It is a hybrid mint obtained by crossing – sexual reproduction / genetic exchange between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata. It is native to Europe, but has naturalized in many parts of the world, including South America. North, Australia and Japan. Mint was cultivated and bred many years ago for its medicinal properties.
It dates back to Egyptian times where it was found, 1000 years BC, in an aristocratic tomb. It was also known in Greek mythology with two different stories: the first – the nymph Minthe was talking to Hades, god of the Underworld. Her jealous queen Sephony transformed her into the Mentha plant. The other, Mentha, was a nymph loved by Pluto, who turned her into a very fragrant herb because of his jealous wife.
The Japanese planted mentha 2,000 years ago to obtain its menthol oil. Charlemagnewho was very curious about herbs, encouraged their planting and growth. The Romans always took mentha with them on their journeys to Europe and England. From here it went to North America with the first settlers. Peppermint is widely used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.