Mint (mentha)


Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint and White Strawberry & Mint shampoos and conditioners include real mint, as certified by plant experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. These hair care products harness the cleansing power of the mint leaves and leave your hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Mint has been used for over two thousand years by both the ancient Greeks and the Chinese

What is mint?

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a popular herb that has numerous uses. It is known for its refreshing scent and has been used for over 2,000 years for its medicinal properties. In fact, the ancient Greeks and Chinese used herbaceous mint extensively, including aromatherapy. Talk about plant power!

Do you know the mythological story about the origin of the mint plant? As per Greek mythology, mint was cherished by Demeter, the goddess of harvest, and her daughter, Persephone. A jealous Demeter turned a nymph named Minthê into this plant when she feared that Hades might prefer Minthê’s company. Who knew that the simple mint leaf had a mythical past?

Mint possesses several medicinal properties and our ancestors were quick to recognise its potential. For centuries, mint has been used to aid in digestion and to relieve headaches. In fact, applying a mint balm directly to the forehead was thought to relieve stress.

Another benefit of mint extract is that it cleanses your skin and scalp without stripping it of its natural moisture. Sounds refreshing!

Where does mint come from?

Mint is not a rare plant species – it grows across the world. The plant thrives in a variety of environments and it can easily take over your garden!

In nature, it’s common to find mint leaves around stream banks. Did you know that there are more than two dozen species of mint around the world? The most famous are peppermint and spearmint, which are often used in sweets and chewing gum!