(Mentha x piperita L.)
Peppermint is one of the mint family of perennial herbs which grow throughout Europe, and is a hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint which spreads by rooting.
Peppermint tea, brewed from the plant leaves has long been used in traditional medicines.
The phenolic (plant chemical) compounds in the leaves include rosmarinic acid and several flavonoids, primarily eriocitrin, luteolin and hesperidin.
Peppermint provides a source of manganese, copper and vitamin C.