Did you know that peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint? It was an experiment in London during the 1750's and now grows naturally just about anywhere. While peppermint (Mentha piperita) can grow in the shade, the sun increases the flavor and medicinal properties of the plant. Peppermint's claim to fame includes aiding in digestion, assisting with colds and flu, aids with diabetes, lowers blood pressure, alleviates motion and morning sickness, calms nerves, induces sleep, and reduces the effects of heat prostration. It also makes a refreshing face wash.
Peppermint is rich in vitamin-A, C and E. The leaves of mint also contain many essential B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6); and is an excellent source of vitamin-K.