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Latin name : Mentha spicata
French names : Menthe verte, Menthe à épis
Extracted from : flowering aerial parts

  • Mint is often a miracle against headaches : one drop on the temples and one on your neck, smell it from the bottle and let your well-being come back.
  • Feeling too hot during summer nights ? Spray some peppermint on your chest and legs.
  • One drop on any little acute aching to soothe and gain comfort.
  • When your head can't think any more and you feel you should freeze your boiling neurones : one drop of peppermint oil on the temples.

Mint is a lamiaceae: that is to say it is part of the largest botanical family represented in aromatherapy. One common misconception is that mint originates in Europe, even in England. The Western world has certainly noticed the cross-bred species known as Peppermint for the first time in this beautiful island, but the plant itself is native of the East and some species are of the New World.

According to Greek mythology, mint has a strange origin. Hades, god of the underground, loved Minthe but married Persephone. Who crushed Minthe once her marriage was celebrated. Hades, seeing her lifeless body, cried as much as he could and from his tears streaming down her body, grew mint.

The whole plant is made of green,
bright green leaves. Like any lamiaceae: leaves like crosses, square rod with little lip-like flowers at the end.

Mint is highly invasive when it conquers a garden. It has to be contained in a pot otherwise roots go everywhere and spread over.

It is the same process as for strawberries which expand the same way, this will help us understand how it works for mint: there are stems that creep along on the ground. They bear no leaves or flowers, but root into the ground every few centimetres and breed a new plant there. It is an asexual reproduction.

Refreshes mind, ideas, moods.
Drastically calms down anger and irritated people.
De-stresses mind.
Boosts and allows to think again.
Stimulates cartesian, analytical and mental thinking.
Gives the nerve to leave the everyday routine.
Helps think about death less.

Antinauséeux, Antivomitif (adaptogène)
Antihalitosique, Combat la mauvaise haleine
Digestif, Apéritif
Cholérétique, Stimule la production de bile
Carminatif, Facilite l’expulsion de gaz intestinaux
Tonique hépatique, Hépatotonique, Tonique du foie
Anti-céphalée, Antalgique anti-maux de tête
Tonifiant, Tonique, Stimulant
Stimule les neuro-thermorécepteurs au froid
Hypertenseur adaptogène
Calmant, Tranquillisant, Relaxant

Nausées de voyage, Nausées de grossesse, Vomissements
Mauvaise haleine, Halitose
Digestion lourde, Indigestion, Repas copieux, Manque d’appétit
Ballonnements, Gaz intestinaux, Crampes intestinales
Insuffisance de sécrétion biliaire, Repas gras
Irritabilité, Enervement, Hypersensibilité
Affection hépatique, Surcharge hépatique, Repas gras
Maux de crâne, Maux de tête, Céphalées, Migraines simples
Fatigue générale, Coup de pompe, Surmenage
Inflammations, Tendinite, Ligamentite, Arthrite
Bouffées de chaleur
Hypotension artérielle, Pression basse, Chute de tension

Freezes Pitta
Reduces Kapha's slow pace and habits
Increases Vata

Monoterpene ketones (40-70% l-carvone, cis-and trans-dihydrocarvone 0-15%, 0.5-5% menthone, pulegone 0-4%) L-carvone is non-toxicity, although it is a monoterpene ketone.
Monoterpenes (4-20% limonene, myrcene 0-5%)
Monoterpene alcohols (menthol 0.5-5%, 0-5% alcohol peryllic)
Sesquiterpenes (beta-bourbonene 1-3%, 1-3% beta-caryophyllene)
Furanocoumarins: none

        Batch, 501K104244 (PDF, 291 Ko, French)
        Batch, SPE2001/2   (PDF, 494 Ko, French)

Never for children under 3 years old (possible glottal spasm).
Limitedly neurotoxic, epileptogen.
Keep out of reach of children.
Children and pregnant women: to be used by a professional practitioner only (never use on children under 3 years old).

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