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Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as Mentha. balsamea Willd.) is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world

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Interesting Facts

Herbal Remedy
Peppermint oil

Peppermint was eventually introduced to Europe where it also became a popular culinary and medicinal herb. It was mentioned in the Icelandic Pharmacopoeias as early as 1240 AD as an herbal remedy, and gained in popularity over the next two centuries. Monks in the Middle Ages were known to use peppermint as a tooth polisher and during the same period, cheese makers learned that the strong smell of peppermint would keep rats and mice out of the storeroom.

1500 BC
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In Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph in the Cocytus River (one of the five rivers of Hades). When Hades was driving his golden chariot, he came upon Minthe and was about to seduce her when his wife Persephone caught them. Persephone then turned Minthe into a lowly mint plant that people would walk upon.

Mint supposedly got its pungent, sweet smell when Hades softened the spell so that when people walked upon his lover they would smell her sweetness.

Peppermint Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Aerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Aerobic Exercis...
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Running speed Musculoskeletal outcome
Running speed
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

Exercise Performance Musculoskeletal outcome
Exercise Perfor...
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Strength Musculoskeletal outcome
Strength
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

2 studies

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