Peppermint – Fragrance from Menthe, the Beautiful Goddess

Peppermint or mint, usually grows on wetland beside the river in the mountain, above 2100 meters above sea level.  Sometime it can be found in places 3500 meters above sea level. It has high economic value due to its aroma.

Mint is one of the common herbs used Chinese traditional medicine. It has a detox function and effective in curing influenza, headache, red eyes, fever, throat, gum swelling and even muscle pain. It also can be applied externally neuralgia, pruritus, rashes and eczema.

Mint is widely grown in temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, and is distributed throughout China.  There are many mint plantation areas throughout China, of which Jiangsu and Anhui have the oldest and largest plantation estates but the production have been dwindling.  There are also other countries in tropical Asia, Russia, Far East, Korea, Japan and North America (South Mexico) which have commercial plantation of mint.

Mint has strong adaptability to environmental conditions. It usually grows on wet soil beside water 2100 meters below sea level.  There are some rare cases, it is found at places 3500 meters above sea level as well.

Peppermint is not only provide great taste and aroma for food, it also has high medical value in Chinese traditional medicine and in western conventional medicine as well.

Juice is can be extracted from stems and leaves or just eat them raw. It is a very refreshing flavoring agent in wine, tea and so on.  It is also a great spice on variety of food.

Every 100 grams of dried mint contains 9.6 grams of water, 6.8 grams of protein and 31.1 grams of fiber, which can provide 870.7 calories.

Mint is commonly used in Chinese traditional medicine.  It is effective to cure a cold, fever, sore throat, headache, red eye pain, muscle pain, skin itching and also impervious rubella, measles disease, in addition to carbuncle, gangrene, scabies, ringworm sores.

Mint contains menthol, which can freshen breath and few other medical properties.  It can relieve abdominal pain, gallbladder problems, such as spasm, but also has antiseptic, bactericidal, diuretic, expectorant, stomach and digestive function.

There are some precautions we need to be aware.

  • Taking Mint in large amounts can lead to insomnia, but small doses of sleep can help sleep.
  • Those who perspire a lot should avoid mint.
  • Women should avoid using mint during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding women should not be used as it affects the milk production

The Ancient Love Story about Mint

King Hades fell in love with the beautiful goddess Menthe.  The Queen Persephone found out and very felt hurt and jealous. In order to make Hades forget about Menthe, Persephone cast a spell on Menthe and made her a humble grass at road side by the river for others to step on and humiliate her.  But the more she was being stepped on, the more fragrant it is.  Although she has become a humble grass, she was being loved by more and more people.  She had also become grass of hope for all common people.  The humble grass also has been used to cure many diseases.