Mentha arvensis

English Name : Mentha arvensis

Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Pudinaa

BotanicalName : Mantha Arvensia

Family Name : labiatae

Season : June - July

Parts Used : Leaves

Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance : Slightly thick

Aroma : Strong, fresh and somewhat bitter-sweet.

Flash Point : 71ēC

Specific Gravity : 0.8930 to 0.9115 at 25° C

Refractive Index : 1.457 to 1.479 at 25° C

Optical Rotation : - 16 to -45 at 25° C

Solubility : Soluble in 1.2 to 2.5 vol. of .70% alcohol

Soluble in water : Insoluble

Uses : It is aromatic, antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic, refrigerant, stimulant, emmenogogue and diuretic.

Packaging : 1 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 25 kg

Mentha is widely found in terai region of Nepal, especially far west region. It was adopted and now cultivated for commercial purpose. It is a perennial herb, 60 cm high. Leaves simple, opposite, short stalked, oblong, 2.5-5 cm long obtusely or acutely serrated. Flowers are small and lilac in auxiliary whorls. Fruits nut lets are smooth. It's essential oil is extracted via steam distillation process.