Peppermint is a herb that is a cross between the watermint and the spearmint. Peppermint has a long history that dates back as far as ten thousand years ago. The leaves and stems of the peppermint plant are hairy. The flowers of the peppermint plant are purple. The plant blooms from mid to late summer. The peppermint plant contains high menthol content. The menthol is commonly used to flavor tea, toothpaste, gum, and ice cream. The peppermint oil is a very popular flavor used in confectionery. Peppermint oil is also used in shampoos, lotions, and soaps. This provides a mint scent and a cooling sensation to the skin.
Peppermint is used in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is also used in treating abdominal pain. Peppermint relaxes the gastro-esophageal sphincter, this in turn promotes belching. Peppermint oil is also used as a natural insecticide because it is not harmful to the environment. Peppermint flowers produce a large amount of nectar and honey bees love them.
As with any herbal remedy you shold always seek the advice of a medica professional. Some studies reveal a controversy of results. Some studies reveal that peppermint may induce hepatic diseases. Some studies show that peppermint has protective functions against liver damage.
In the United States you may find peppermint in candy canes, milk chocolate, tea, insect repellents, and aromatherapy. Altoids are one of the popular candies that contain peppermint oil.
The peppermint plant grows in moist shady areas. Sometimes it is grown in a container to prevent rapid spreading. It requires a good amount of water to thrive. The peppermint plant is cultivated throughout the world. The plant is a native of Europe.