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Horse Mint

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Mentha longifolia L.

Lamiaceae

Wild mint, biblical mint

South-West Turkey

Wild harvested

Steam distillation

Gökova, Turkey

July 2021

Flowering tops, leaves and stems

Middle/top

5 years

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Description

Horse mint (also known as wild mint) is a fast-growing perennial herb of which 3-5 mm long lilac, purplish, or white flowers have strong characteristic aroma. As one of the 47 species of mint family, it grows wild in Europe, Australia, and North Africa. Horse mint has been commonly consumed as a green vegetable, spice, additive with various foods and medicinal plant for centuries.

The essential oil of horse mint is used in pharmaceutical, cosmetics, tobacco and food industries. The chemical composition is quite variable depending on the habitat and climate where the plant grows.

               

Goya Botanicals Horse Mint Essential Oil is obtained by unpressurized steam distillation of the aerial parts of the wild grown plants. Different from other mint species it has a pleasant aroma, not harsh and medicinal but with lovely green character and sweet notes. The main constituents of Goya Botanicals Horse Mint Essential Oil is eucalyptol, pulegone and menthone.

Uses & Benefits

Horse mint is a popular folk remedy, especially in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. Different parts of the plant including its leaves, flower, stem, bark, and seeds have been used widely in traditional folk medicine as antimicrobial, carminative, stimulant, antispasmodic and for the treatment of various diseases such as headaches and digestive disorders(1). Horse mint is also believed to be useful in common cold and eye diseases and as insect repellent(2).

Many scientific studies have shown various pharmacological and therapeutic effects of horse mint. Essential oil of horse mint have been used for several applications in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural, industries. It has shown significant antibacterial, antimicrobial(3), antioxidant(4), antifungal(5) activities.

Horse mint essential oil can reduce pain of headaches and migraines when applied with scalp massage. It soothes inflamed and itching skin. The aroma is uplifting and relieves mental tiredness. Since it is high in ketones it should be used with caution.

Technical Data Sheet

Technical Data Sheet

References & Disclaimer

  1. Naghibi F, Mosaddegh M, Motamed SM, Ghorbani A. Labiatae family in folk medicine in Iran: From ethnobotany to pharmacology. Iran J Pharm Res. 2005;4:63–79.

  2. AF Eissa, OM Palomino, ME Carretero, S Gómez-Serranillo. Ethnopharmacological study of medicinal plants used in the treatment of CNS disorders in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. J Ethnopharmacol, 151 (1) (2014), pp. 317-332

  3. Mimica-Dukic N, Bozin B, Sokovic M, Mihajlovic B, Matavulj M. Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of three Mentha species essential oils. Planta Med. 2003;69:413–9.

  4. Gulluce M, Sahin F, Sokmen M, Ozer H, Daferera D, Sokmen A, et al. Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of the essential oils and methanol extract from Mentha longifolia L. ssp. longifolia. Food Chem. 2007;103:1449–56.

  5. Dzamic AM, Marina DS, Mihailo SR, Miroslav N, Slavica G, Vele T, et al. Antifungal and antioxidant activity of Mentha longifolia (L.) Hudson (Lamiaceae) essential oil. Botanica Serbica. 2010;34(1):57-61

Essential oils are highly concentrated, powerful herbal liquids that might have strong chemical and biological effects. The statement above is for information purposes only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. Goya Botanicals shall not be responsible for any harm resulting from the use of or reliance upon this information.

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