Apple mint is an aromatic plant herbaceous perennial that waves from the mint family Lamiaceae. It is characterized by squared-stem adorned with bright green, wrinkled, and hairy leaves. Its mauve flowers blow the air of elegance and beauty in the garden.
Apple mint earned this unique name due to the fragrance and taste its leaves impart. The mildly fruity flavor and apple scent make the apple mint a star of the herbalism.
Historically, ancient Greeks used it in their baths because of its amazing scent. This upright plant was also used to be burned during cultural ceremonies and deter pests markets, homes, castles, and monasteries.
Fresh leaves of apple mint are readily employed in cocktails, mocktails, and teas. Medicinally, apple mint leaves are used to reduce fever, headaches, and cure gastrointestinal problems. Its leaves also render antiseptic property which makes it feasible for healing infected wounds. Powdered apple mint leaves are pro at whitening the teeth.
Moreover, apple mint leaves portray anticancer, anti-influenza, anti-asthmatic, and anti-stress activities. The most major biologically active ingredients of apple mint are linalool, geranyl acetate, and ρ-menth-1-en-8-ol.