Mentha x piperita
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Mentha x piperita, Peppermint
Want to learn more? Read Jekka's Guide to Mint.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: 50cm
• Spread: Indefinite
• Soil type: Chalk, Sand, Loam, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright, Creeping
• Flowering colour: Pale Purple
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: Yes (Read Jekka's Guide to Pollinators for more information)
• Container suitability: Yes
• UK native: No
• Caution: N/A
Mint hybrids have been grown in the UK for at least 400 years but this herb has been in use from far earlier than this. Dioscorides is reputed to have worn sprigs of mint to raise his spirits. The instantly recognisable scent of mint arises from the high concentration of volatile oils held within its leaves. The leaf has been traditionally used by herbalists to ease poor digestion and nausea. A hot cup of peppermint tea is a welcome comfort for an upset stomach, and also for when the feverishness of a cold strikes. For a headache, the oil can be mixed with a little carrier oil and applied to the forehead where it is said to help ease the discomfort.
Caution: Do not use for children below 5yrs old. Do not take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a herbal or medical practitioner.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
There is also ‘Jekka’s Seasonal Tips’ series that covers growing and maintaining herbs in early spring, late spring, summer and autumn & winter. Together they form Jekka’s guide on how to grow herbs. For a hands-on herb experience, where you will learn how to grow herbs, check out our Master Classes.
Our herbs are designed to be grown in containers or planted in the garden. Although some herbs will be quite happy indoors, most prefer being outside. Please see our indoor growing blog for more information.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath that will top up the plant's magnesium and stop orange leaves.
Please note, the compost in Jekka's Kits will have enough natural food for approximately 6 weeks.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants. Our seeds are hand packed into gassine bags, which are fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. These bags are then put into beautifully illustrated paper seed packets. Therefore, our environmental footprint is small.
Want to know more? You can read more about our sustainability approach to growing herbs in one of Jekka's Blogs. See also: