Peppermint is a flowering perennial, native to Europe and the Middle East. It is a naturally occurring hybrid between spearmint and watermint. It is known for having an especially strong flavor and scent.
Peppermint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since ancient Egyptian times Greeks and Romans also valued the plant for its flavor and medicinal properties.
Peppermint spread throughout western Europe and was known for many years as a folk remedy for nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, indigestion and menstrual pain.
Today peppermint is a very popular flavoring and is still recognized as medicinal.