Mentha arvensis L. is a perennial herb that grows up to 60 cm tall. Leaves are simple, opposite, short-stalked, oblong, roughly 2.5-5 cm long, obtusely or acutely serrated. Likewise, flowers are small, lilac in axillary whorls. Fruits are nut-less and smooth.
Mentha arvensis L oil is a cultivated essential oil. It is widely used as medicinal and cosmetic purposes. It is obtained by steam distillation of partially wilted leaves of Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt. Partially wilted leaves of the plant are used to manufacture mentha essential oils. Mentha bush is cultivated in the plain areas of Nepal. Nepalese non-conventional soil and its altitude favor them to become different than others. Mint has been enjoyed in teas and has been used to flavor food in the Middle East, India, and Europe. During the Middle Ages, powdered Mint leaves are used to whiten teeth. Mint tea is a strong diuretic, and its aroma is used as a mild decongestant for illnesses such as the common cold.
The essential oil feels fresh, which helps to relieve inflammation and managing spasms.
Mentha has been great Indian medicine for easing digestive health through soothing the stomach and treating irritable bowel syndrome.
The oil also inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, therefore, it is used to disinfect surfaces and rooms at home and hospital.
This essential oil also comforts skin irritation due to allergies and insect bites.
As an antioxidant, it helps to alleviate harmful free radicals roaming in the body that cause various illnesses.
Mentha oil is good for the nervous system, acting as a regulator and sedative. Menthol is well known as a cardiac tonic in pharmaceutical preparations. It is a good blood cleanser. Because it is antiseptic and antibacterial, it can be used in swollen gums, mouth wash or mouth ulcers, toothache.
Menthe arvensis oil is used in cosmetic products, especially in soaps, perfumes, creams, and talcum powder. It is also used in aromatherapy. Many shampoo and soap for acne and dandruff use Mentha oil as one of the key ingredients.
Mentha oil is used in flavoring toothpaste, mouthwashes, and pharmaceuticals. Likewise, mentha oil is used to add flavor in balm, cigarettes, food, cough medicines, and soft drinks.