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Mentha piperita - Pfefferminze - Peppermint

Mentha piperita is a very popular medicinal plant from the family of Lamiaceae.
Did you know that the plant is a cross between watermint (Mentha aquatia) and spearmint (Mentha spicata)?
Peppermint was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus from specimens that had been collected in England; he treated it as a species, but it is now universally agreed to be a hybrid. Peppermint has a high menthol content.

Origin
It is found sometimes wild in Central and Southern Europe, but was probably first put to human use in England, whence its cultivation spread to the European continent and Africa; today, Northern Africa is a main cultivation area. *

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* Koine International, accessed from Reference Works by Synergy Homeopathic http://kenthomeopathic.com.
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