MENTHA – A REVIEWAbstract
Mentha (also known as mint, isa genus of plants in the family Labiatae /Lamiaceae). The genus Mentha L. is distributed all over the world and can be found in many environments. Mint is a popular and well-known herb growing all over the world and includes many varieties and hybrids. Mentha species, one of the world’s oldest and most popular herbs, are widely used in cooking, cosmetics, and alternative or complementary therapy, mainly to treat rheumatic pains, aching head, and digestive disorders. Aerial parts of the plant are refrigerant, stomachic, carminative, stimulant, and diuretic. They possess antispasmodic and emmenagogue properties and are also given to stop vomiting and to treat jaundice. The oil is a valuable anti-neuralgic 66. The peppermint has been used in the pastin herbal medicine dating back to the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times Murray 1.