Latin Name: Mentha x piperita
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering herb
This common garden herb is one of many mint varieties. It grows to around 2 feet high and the essential oil is prolific in the leaf. Always check the Latin name when buying mint to ensure that the correct oil is purchased. Originally it was a cultivated hybrid between M.viridis and M.aquatica, which was known to be cultivated since before the seventeenth century. The oil is mainly produced in by France, England, America, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Morocco and China.