Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a universally-loved and widely used flavoring found in medicines, toothpaste, candies, liqueurs, and other products. Interest in mints dates from the first century A.D., when it was first recorded by the Roman naturalist Pliny. So highly thought of, years later Peppermint was included in a list of plants being taken to the New World.
Peppermint's value comes from the mint's volatile oil, which contains menthol. Cosmetically, Peppermint makes a stimulating skin tonic and an invigorating bath. Culinary uses include mint sauces, syrups, vinegar and desserts.
Peppermint also makes a refershing tea, enjoyed both cold or hot. Lemon may be blended, sweetened if desired, or added with other healthful tea herbs such as Alfalfa or Linden flowers.