In folk remedies, Peppermint is used to treat inflammation, anxiety, digestion and tension. It is said to have a calming effect on the nervous system, relieving mental fatigue and headaches. Peppermint is consumed and used topically for skin irritations, inflammation and allergies in the Ayurvedic practice.
All mints prefer cool, moist soil locations in partial shade and are perennial plants. A hybrid of two species (watermint and spearmint), Peppermint has a slightly darker colouring and stronger flavour to the typical mint. Containing the volatile oil menthol, Peppermint is a rich source of polyphenolic compounds; hence its strong antioxidant properties, whether fresh or dried. Various studies show Peppermint to exhibit antibacterial and antiviral activity, and Peppermint compounds have been known to play a pivotal role in the prevention of inflammation. It is widely used in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety.