THE SECRETS OF 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.
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.
- Bad breath
- Headache (applied to temples)