Mentha Arvensis Leaves
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1. Herbs of mint are much esteemed in India as aromatic, carminative, stimulant, antispasmodic, stomachic and emmenagogue.
1. It's different habitat- wise local species are Arbi, Jungli Persian, Jaliyan, Nanap, Devmanjari etc.
2. Following species contain high percentage of menthol
(i) Mentha viridis (M. spicata) - is known as spearmint ad contains carvone and used in India as Phudina.
(ii) M. pulegium - It containes pulegone.
(iii) M. piperita - Pipermint oil is obtained by steam distillation from fresh aerial parts of M. piperita.
3. It is a very good carminative medicine. Leaves are used as condiment. It is not advised to take it in cases of ulcers, acidity etc. Tincture of mint is used in Homeopathy.