Table I.- Effect of different extracts of medicinal plants (Ocimum basilicum Mentha spicata
Allium sativum Zingiber officinale) on the growth of various bacterial pathogens.
Essential oil composition from aerial parts of Mentha spicata
, or spearmint, is the most common form of mint, used to flavour sauces, drinks and salads.
In ancient Rome, Pliny the Elder, one of the world's first natural historians, observed that mint's aroma "reanimates the spirit." He probably was referring to Mentha spicata
, wild spearmint.
n Spearmint, mentha spicata
; a vigorous growing herb that tastes great with peas or new potatoes!
That `basic' plant in the tired old mint patch is likely to be spearmint, Mentha spicata
or viridis, named for the spearhead-shaped leaves, though often sold as green mint these days.
(Labiatae) is an aromatic, creeping herb that is a hybrid of Men Mentha spicata
As aforementioned, mint (mentha spicata
) is one of those staple herbs that is best confined to a pot as it can become invasive if planted directly into the soil.
Best of all are apple mint (Mentha sauveolens), spearmint (Mentha spicata
), Moroccan mint (M.
In addition to familiar spearmint (Mentha spicata
) and peppermint (M piperita), try apple mint (M.
It is a sterile hybrid of mentha spicata
and mentha aquatica which makes you wonder about Minthe!
In agreement with our findings, Mahboubi and Haghi (2008) examined antibacterial effects of the essential oil and extract of Mentha spicata
, and reported Gram-positive bacteria including S.