Botanical Name Mentha arvensis 
Botanical family Lamiaceae 
Origin India 
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation  
Plant part Aerial parts 
Appearance limpid mobile liquid 
Color colorless to pale yellow 
Odor fresh, minty, slightly pungent   
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Monoterpene alcohols (70–80%): menthol  
Ketones (10–15%): menthone, piperitone  
Monoterpenes (5–10%): limonene 
Therapeutic properties   1. Analgesic, anaesthetic, antinociceptive   
2. Anti-infective, eupeptic
3. Antipruritic
4. Relieves headaches and migraines
5. Cardiac tonic, hypertensive
Main therapeutic indications  1. Pain of all kinds: toothache, neuralgia, sciatica, migraine, headache
2. Hives, pruritus, itching
3. Trauma, painful shocks
4. Nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, digestive colic
5. Sore throat, sinusitis, otitis, nasopharyngitis
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