Botanical Name: Minthostachys setosa
Description: Muña is a multi-branched, small leaved deciduous shrub prized for its medicinal and aromatic values. Essential oils can also be extracted and sold as a concentrate. Also known as Andean Mint, usually growing from 30 to 200 high, with white flowers and aromatic leaves (2.700 – 3.100 m). Used to support the respiratory system as well as a digestive aid.
Of Interest: The "mint-like" aromatic herbs of the genus Minthostachys are limited to the Andean zones of South America, with perhaps 12 species distributed at various altitudes from Venzuela to Argentina. The plethora of integrating phenotypes typical of Minthostachys spp. adds uncertainty to species determination. The use of vegetative characters to separate species is confounding. Species are separated by counting and measurement of calyx ribs.
History: Peppermint and its name has its roots in Greek mythology. Pluto - god of the dead - fell in love with Minthe, a beautiful nymph. Pluto's goddess wife Persephone became jealous and turned Minthe into a plant. Pluto could not bring her back to life but ensured that she would have a wonderful and fragrant aroma.
Properties: Known to be cooling, and as an analgesic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide and stimulant
Color: Colorless to pale yellow liquid
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Note Classification: Top
Aroma Description: Fresh, sharp, penetrating mint scent based on its high menthol content
Aroma Strength: Strong
Blends Well With: marjoram, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and rosemary
Cultivation: Wild harvested
Safety Data: Not for internal use. Avoid use if pregnant. Should be kept away from eyes, likely to irritate skin and mucous membranes. May antidote homeopathic remedies.
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