Annex B - Research Data

About the mint plant

The mint plant has many benefits as stated in the picture above which can aid in digestion, promotes oral health and many other health benefits (e.g faster digestion). Peppermint has been one of the popular herbs known since antiquity for its distinctive aroma and medicinal value. The herb has a characteristic refreshing cool breeze sensation on taste buds, palate and throat when eaten; and on nasal olfaction glands when inhaled. This unique quality of mint is due to the presence ofmenthol, an essential oil in its fresh leaves, and stem.

Mint herb is originally native to Europe, and now-a-days cultivated in almost all the regions of the world. It grows well under shady conditions and feature lance-shaped purple-veined, dark-green leaves with serrated margins and purple color whirly-flowers.

In general, the mint plant is sterile, producing no seeds. However, its growth happens through vegetative reproduction, spreading laterally all along its underground rhizomes. There exist more than 20 varieties of mint herbs with a wide range of color, fragrance, and flavor.

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