THE SECRETS OF PEPPERMINT

THE SECRETS OF PEPPERMINT

16 FEBRUARY 2016
According to Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph desired by Hados (also known as Pluto) to the disdain of his wife, Persophone.

PEPPERMINT

According to Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph desired by Hados (also known as Pluto) to the disdain of his wife, Persophone.

In a fit of jealous rage, Persophone turned Minthe into a plant, in hope that she would get stomped on just like a common weed.

Hades, unable to reverse the spell, imbued the plant with peppermint such that whenever the plant was crushed underneath footfalls, it would release a wonderful aroma.

HISTORY

In both ancient Greece and Rome peppermint adorned the tables at many a feasts. Peppermint was also used to flavour wine and was added to bathwater for its restorative properties.

Dioscorides, an ancient Greek physician, considered mint to be a ‘heating’ herb and therefore a promoter of lustful feelings. Pliny, the Roman naturalist, wrote of mint “Reanimates the spirit.” He also suggested that mint be hung in sickrooms to assist convalescence.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Bad breath
  • Flatulence
  • Headache (applied to temples)
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccups
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea

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