Mentha (also known as mint, from Greek míntha, is a genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae (mint family). It is estimated that 13 to 18 species exist, and the exact distinction between species is still unclear.
Mint is the herb of hospitality. It is a herb rich in history and folklore. The legend behind mint is that when Persephone found out that the god Pluto was in love with a beautiful nymph named Minthe, she turned Minthe into a lowly plant. Although Pluto couldn’t undo the spell, he made it so that when Minthe was stepped upon, it would exude a pleasant odor. The word Minthe changed to Mentha, and became the genus name Mint.
Since medieval times, mint has been an important herb. People would strew mint about the home to freshen the smell. It was used in the bath, and became an important medicinal herb in the eighteenth century. It has been used to cure colic, digestive odors and a host of other ailments. As a medicine, it is one of the herbs that really works as a bone remedy, and the taste of mint is enjoyed by everyone. Peppermint, spearmint and penny royal are the three most commonly used of the mints. Japanese and peppermint are the sources for the important medicinal menthol.