Other Names: American Wild Mint, Wild Mint, Field Mint, Japanese Mint, North American
Field Mint, Brook Mint, Golden Apple Mint.
Habitat: Native perennial to North America, now widely spread throughout the world.
Found growing in woodlands, cultivated beds, sunny edge, shady Edge, damp edges of woods. Cultivation is easy, it prefers moist soils and partial shade. Division
can be easily carried out at almost any time of the year, it is fast spreading. The
flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies. A good companion plant for growing
near brassicas and tomatoes, for helping to deter insect pests. The whole plant is light
green and hairy. Growing from creeping rootstocks. The stems are square, erect and 6-24
inches high. The serrate leaves grow in opposite pairs along the stem. Lance-shaped to
oval, the leaves are pointed, smooth or hairy, and have toothed margins. The flower are
tiny, white, pale pink, or lavender, bell-shaped and are numerous in whorls around the
leaf axils of the upper leaves from July to August. The whole plant is harvested as the
plant comes into flower and can be dried for later use.
Properties: Cornmint is edible raw or cooked and makes a very pleasant tea. It is used
as a medicinal herb for the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and
various minor ailments. Cornmint is anesthetic, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, antiseptic,
aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, galactofuge, refrigerant, stimulant and
stomachic. The plant is used as an insect repellent. The plants main constituents are
monoterpenes (menthone, menthofuran, menthyl acetate, cineole and limonene; sesquiterpenes
(viridoflorol); flavonoids (luteolin, menthoside, isorhoifolin, rutin, hesperidin);
phenolic acids (caffeic, chlorogenic and rosmarinic); triterpenes (squalene, a-amyrin,
ursolic acid, sitosterol); flavonoids; phytol; tocopherols; carotenoids; choline; betaine;
azulenes; rosmarinic acid; tannin; minerals. Cornmint is being studied for the treatment
of stomach cancer.
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