The peppermint, scientific name Mentha piperita of the Lamiaceae family, is an aromatic herb widely used in cooking to give more flavor to salads and vegetables but also to prepare digestive and scented herbal teas.
In addition to this, through steam distillation of the mint, a hydrolat, or floral water, is produced with very interesting properties for the well-being of the body and the beauty of the skin and hair. Indeed, mint hydrolat could be considered a real "must" to take with you on vacation or on trips. In fact, if sprayed on the skin, face or décolleté, this floral water refreshes and soothes reddened, sunburned and irritated skin. Used as a tonic on the face before applying the cream, it helps to balance the production of sebum in case of oily skin, it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, thus resulting useful to counteract acne and blackheads. Indeed, as proven by scientific studies , the mint water performs a really effective antibacterial action in fighting some strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, responsible for different skin diseases including, in fact, acne but also psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Moreover, the mint hydrolat also has a beneficial action on the scalp helping to counter dandruff. And it's not over here! One of the reasons why mint water is a cosmetic to take with you on holiday is that it is very useful to spray and apply on tired and swollen legs after a very hot day or after physical activity such as long walks, it will bring a pleasant feeling of freshness as well as it will stimulate the microcirculation. But mint water is also useful for women in menopause since it helps to counteract hot flashes. In fact, as shown by scientific studies (Dyer et al, Complement Ther CLin Pract, Nov 2008), spraying a bit of mint water on the skin, in addition to cooling it is actually a natural remedy able to lower the skin temperature. Finally, mint water can also be used as a mouthwash to disinfect mouth and throat, therefore helping in case of sore throat or canker sores. A final consideration, this hydrolat is considered, after tests in the laboratory, an absolutely safe cosmetic product (Nair et al, Int J Toxicol, 2001).