, is also known as Mentha piperita
. Its origin is a mystery, but has been around for a long time. Dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from around 1000 BC
is most commonly used to treat nausea and upset stomachs. Externally, Peppermint
is used to ease bronchial and upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, itching skin, burns, ringworm, neuralgia, rheumatism and to ward off insects. Peppermint
is also used to cool the body's temperature. Clinical trials in Denmark and Britain during the 1990's confirmed it's effectiveness in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
has been valued as a symbol of wisdom and virtue. Peppermint
also has been valued as a magical plant for passion and love, using the power of the goddess, Venus. Legends around this plant have evolved since the Greek myths linked Peppermint
to Hecate, ruler of witches and magical creatures. Peppermint
is a common ingredient in recipes for magical potions.
In English folklore, finding a flowering mint plant
on Midsummer's Day brought eternal happiness.
In French folklore, carrying a bouquet of mint
and St. Johns Wort
protected you from wicked spirits.
In Italian folklore, using peppermint
helped to protect children from sickness and silk worms from evil spells.
St. Johns Wort Seeds
Dried Peppermint Leaf
Relaxing Tea Blend