Traditional uses of peppermint and spearmint

The varieties of peppermint and spearmint are many and are readily cross, are commonly recognized by its square and branched stem, opposite leaves, small flowers herringbone and unmistakable aroma. Peppermint is a little softer than the mint and in traditional medicine is used for children, the elderly and people with weak body, apart from these groups mint is most commonly used in the healing preparations. The main medicinal compound is mint menthol, peppermint the two species that produce more menthol are Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis.

In Greek mythology, Mentha was a beautiful and loving Pluto, the god of the underworld nymph, when his wife discovered them, he transformed into a bland Mentha plant.

live or freshly cut plant

Infusion (tea peppermint or spearmint)

To prepare the infusion, simply boiled water and add the desired amount of mint or spearmint. You can use the leaves and stems, the more the proportion of grass, the stronger the infusion. There is no minimum or maximum amount, but for medicinal uses typically a stronger peppermint tea one takes as a common beverage infusion is used.


The decoction is made by boiling the grass between 10 and 30 minutes. You can use a teaspoon dried mint or peppermint per cup of water with fresh grass uses a portion of grass and two parts water.

Essential oil

The capsules of peppermint essential oil are quite effective in improving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. For headache, peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples is as effective as taking paracetamol (acetaminophen). Some laboratory studies suggest that peppermint oil is active against several types of bacteria and viruses, including herpes and West Nile virus. Finally, many creams for muscle pain contain peppermint oil and camphor as its main active ingredients.