Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is known since the 17th century and its name is the “English Mint”. Oddly enough the leaves change color on occasion to pinkish violet color and sometimes even the color of the shoot, which is reddish. Menthol is the essential oil. Peppermint can be added to sauces, soups, meat, vegetables and herbal salads. Both dried and fresh peppermint can be used to create tea. Peppermint is calming, refreshing and good to soothe a gassy stomach.
(References from Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”)