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Europe is home to many different varieties of wildly growing mint, such as field mint, water mint and also peppermint, to name only a few. Peppermint is cultivated as an economic plant and sold mainly in pharmacies. The peppermint was reportedly discovered towards the end of the 17th century on an English mint field. Today the intense scent and flavour of the Peppermint is well-known all over the world. Only the finest leaves are used for consumption. The typical taste is due to the high contents of ethereal oils, which consist of 60 % Menthol. It is also popular for its various calming and relaxing effects.