Peppermint or Mentha x piperita is a hybrid species of mint used primarily for sweet applications such as confectionery and ice cream. There are a number of peppermint cultivars with distinct flavor profiles such as chocolate mint, lemon mint, and lavender mint.

Health considerations

Human studies have found both the leaves and the oil of peppermint to help soothe abdominal pain and gastrointestinal cramping, and to relieve symptoms of IBS. Animal studies of the effects of peppermint leaves, tea, or oil have found it to prevent or reduce carcinogenesis and to help treat allergic reactions. Reduction of testosterone levels have also been reported in rats consuming peppermint tea. Peppermint oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, including against pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant strains.

May be found in

Candy canes, candies, confectionery, ice cream, mojitos, mint syrup, peppermint tea, chewing gum.


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