Mentha piperita X
Mint is one of the most popular herbs, known since antiquity for both its distinct aroma and its medicinal value. A native plant in Greece, mint has been used for centuries for indigestion. In Greek mythology, its name is associated with the beautiful nymph Minthi triggering the jealousy of Persephone who transformed her into a mint plant.
The rich soil and warm climate of Greece give the Greek mint a special quality in aroma and taste. The unique, refreshing feeling of coolness that we enjoy either drinking or smelling mint is due to the presence of an ethereal oil, menthol. Menthol, phenolic constituents and flavonoids, constitute the main active ingredients of mint and are considered responsible for its aesculapian actions.
A herb for the entire gastrointestinal tract
All of them, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks used mint to fight indigestion, and the very same use continues to this day. Its antispasmodic, relaxing action facilitates digestion. Modern research studies show that this property of mint can also be used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome as well as various colic pains.
Antioxidant and more…
In addition to antioxidants, mint is rich in antioxidants vitamins such as vitamin A, B-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. It also contains folic acid, B2 and B6 and is an excellent source of vitamin K and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. Updated studies show a promising dynamics of mint for significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, analgesic effects on the central and peripheral nerve system, as well as immunoregulatory actions.