Friday, October 31, 2008

Peppermint: Herb of the Month

Now Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs used in today’s society.

A summer-growing, perennial aromatic herb, peppermint is a hybrid of Mentha spicata (spearmint) and M. aquatica (watermint). The plant grows wild throughout Europe and North America in moist areas and is thought to be of Mediterranean origin.

The leaves and stems of peppermint contain volatile oils that give the plant its pungent fragrance and taste. The oil contains menthol, which is responsible for the sensation of coolness that is characteristic of peppermint.

Today, the peppermint plant is commonly added to cough and cold remedies because of its high menthol content, which provides a sensation of coolness and easier breathing. © HerbalGram. 2006; 72:1,4-5 American Botanical Council.

Peppermint is November’s featured herb for ACHS’s Herb of the Month Club. As member, each month you will receive a new herb of the month package, including 8 oz of the herb of the month and an informational pamphlet. We would also love for you to discover the power and purity of our therapeutic, organic peppermint essential oil. Click here for your sample with your Herb of the Month purchase.

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