Mentha piperita. N.O. Labiateae.
Synonym ► Balm Mint, Brandy Mint.
Habitat ► Damp places by water courses. Largely cultivated, especially in the U.S.A., for its oil, which is probably the most used of all the volatile oils. Features ► Stem quadrangular, purplish, reaching three or four feet high. Leaves stalked, serrate, very slightly hairy, about two and a half inches by one inch.
Characteristic taste and smell. Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Carminative, stomachic, stimulant.
In flatulence, colic and nausea. Usually combined with other remedies when a complete stomachic is needed. Particularly suitable for children. Dose, wineglassful of ounce to pint infusion.