Circa 1925 estimated
The ancient Egyptians used peppermint. Dried peppermint leaves have been discovered into pyramids.
The romans used to cultivate much peppermint in their gardens for medicinal purposes, mainly as a digestive aid. They also used to make peppermint scent in their homes especially when receiving guests.
Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint. The first culture of a new hybrid of peppermint began in 1750 in London. The first commercial culture began in 1790 in Massachusetts for relieving various diseases and especially digestive ones.
In 1846, peppermint producers started using powerful stream distilleries as a replacement to the old method, which required the boiling of the mint, to release the mint oils.
Then, a high quality of oil was directly collected on the surface of the water.
In the 19th century, the American farmers of the Middle West used to put around the wrists of their children, peppermint bracelets to prevent from the measles.
The essential peppermint oil stimulates all body functions. It consists of 40 % menthol, menthone and other components.
Menthol has antispasmodic properties, analgesic and antiseptic ones.