Peppermint originates from a cross between water mint and car mint and grows about 1 metre tall. All mint varieties thrive in moist environments, where they can seriously proliferate. Peppermint flowers from July to September.
As a medicine, the herb was particularly popular as an herbal tea. It improves the digestive system and beneficially affects many organs associated with digestion. Thus, it works well against painful stomach and intestinal disorders such as stomach ulcers.
The leaves of this plant have a camphor-like flavour, but after herbal extraction, it produces the typical peppermint flavour used to make peppermint candy. Camphor has a characteristic fresh scent that many people find very pleasant. It also repels mosquitoes, which is why the essential oil is often used in a vapouriser as an insect repellent.