Very aromatic evergreen grass, 20 – 100 cm high, erect and smooth. Quadrangular stems, usually reddish. Opposite leaves, with serrated edge, 4.5 – 8.5 cm long and 0.8 – 2 cm wide.

Part of the plant used:


Active ingredients:

Essential oils rich in menthols, as well as in bitters and tannins, which provide digestive-tonic, antispasmodic, analgesic, carminative and expectorant properties.

Safety information:

Use essential oil with caution on sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

Culinary use:

Fresh leaves as garnishes for desserts, punch or summer drinks.

Medicinal use:

The standard infusion of fresh or dried leaves relieves stomach pain due to indigestion or slow digestion. The menthol content is analgesic; and in aromatherapy is used for massages for poor circulation and abdominal tension.