Formal Name: Mentha x piperita
Supplement Forms: Candy, oil

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Mint has been a valuable herb since at least the medieval period, when it was used to scent baths and homes. The medicinal purposes of mint were first discovered in the 18th century. The herb's name comes from "Minthe," a young nymph found in Roman mythology.

Bodily Functions Mint Assists

Mint is most commonly used to aide the digestive process and relieve minor cold symptoms. It can also be applied externally to relieve pain associated with insect bites and sunburns.

Foods High in Mint

Mint is normally found in hard candy and chewing gum. Mint leaves can be brewed into an herbal tea as well. You can also chew fresh mint leaves, although they shouldn't be swallowed.

Ailment That Mint Eliminates:
  • Works as a chest decongestant
  • Alleviates common cold symptoms
  • Soothes headache
  • Eliminates diarrhea and upset stomach
  • Relieves indigestion
  • Can be used externally to treat insect stings, sunburn, mouth sores and sunburn
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Allergic reactions, such as rashes, muscle tremors, heartburn, or flushing may occur in some people
  • Mint should not be eaten by infants and young children
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not ingest mint