Establishing the etymological origin of peppermint would take us to Latin and it comes from the Latin word "mint" which, in turn, emanates from the Greek word "minthe."
The mint is a gender from aromatic herbs which is used in the gastronomy and in the elaboration of Cosmetic products and for the personal hygiene . his flavor It produces a feeling of freshness, as does its aroma. For example: "Do you want to drink a glass of mint liquor?", “Yesterday, with Mariana, we ate half a kilo of mint ice cream”, “This mint toothpaste leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth”.
In Spain, mint is also used as a synonym for peppermint and is used in the gastronomic field to, for example, shape drinks and tea as well as candies such as chewing gum.
From Central Asia and from the region of Mediterranean , mint (whose scientific name is Mentha) is a perennial herbaceous plant which can reach a height of 1.20 meters. It has underground rhizomes, leaves of opposite arrangement and oblong to lanceolate, flowers of two lips and four lobes and fruits in capsule with up to four seeds.
Given the aroma it gives off as well as its multiple uses, many people are encouraged to grow a mint plant in their case. In order to ensure that it is in perfect condition, a series of specific care such as an abundant irrigation is necessary.
The mint uses They are quite varied. Its fresh leaves can be used to season salty dishes (such as Arab empanadas or lamb meat) or decorate sweet dishes (a chocolate volcano, a cake). Its processing, on the other hand, allows you to make ice cream, sweets, spirits, sweets and other food products.
It should not be overlooked that peppermint is also frequently used as a medicinal plant. And it is that the well-known "grandmother's remedies" or traditions have made it a great tool to solve stomach problems, colic, nasal congestion, cold, cough, throat irritation, rheumatic problems or even stones renal
The distillation of mint offers a oil It is used in the production of oral products, perfumes, skin lotions and medicines. The experts in aromatherapy ensure that the aroma of peppermint is decongestant (helps clear the airways), analgesic and stimulant.
On the other hand, we must not forget that peppermint is a word that is used in certain countries with another meaning that we are analyzing. A good example of this is in El Salvador where, within the colloquial journalistic language, it is used to refer to the illegal payment that someone makes to a newspaper or a reporter with the clear objective of publishing a news or information that is totally beneficial to him. .
Among the various species of mint, mention may be made of the Mentha spicata , the Mentha suaveolens , the Mentha pulegium , the Mentha Vagans , the Mentha longifolia and the Aquatic Mentha .