Mentha Piperita, Peppermint - Plant
Description for Mentha Piperita, Peppermint
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between water mint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.This herbal preparation is used in cosmeceuticals, personal hygiene products, foods, and pharmaceutical products for both its flavoring and fragrance properties. Peppermint oil possesses a fresh sharp menthol odor and a pungent taste followed by a cooling sensationIt also has a variety of therapeutic properties and is used in aromatherapy, bath preparations, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and topical preparations. Topical preparations of peppermint oil have been used to calm pruritus and relieve irritation and inflammationTheir frequent application to impaired skin could contribute to the sensitization rates seen. Numerous allergic contact dermatitis reactions to peppermint oil have been described, many of which are linked to both perioral and intraoral disorders. Although peppermint oil is known for its many properties, its role as a sensitizer should be recognized so as to aid in the diagnosis of both dermatitis and oral conditions and to allow the initiation of proper avoidance measures.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Mentha piperata, Mentha piperita||Dark green||July to August||1.00 to 2.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
|Full sun to part shade||Well-drained soil||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season||30 to 40 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Mentha Piperita
- Although the care of peppermint is a little more involved than just sticking it in the ground, it certainly isnâ€™t intricate. First and foremost, this plant needs lots of water and it is often found naturalized by streams and ponds where the soil is rich and the drainage is good.
Typical uses of Mentha Piperita
Special features: Herb gardens. Naturalize as a ground cover in moist informal areas such as Pond/water garden margins or low open woodland areas.
One of the best digestive aids on the planet, peppermint is also known as "the world s oldest medicine" according to archaeological fossils dating back ten thousand years ago.
High in menthol, this plant has the capacity to reduce irritable bowel syndrome, reduce the symptoms of colic, and is a natural insecticide.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.