Phytochemical and pharmacological review of Mentha arvensis

Baban Sukadeo Thawkar


Mentha arvensis Linn. family Lamiaceae, it is used as a food seasoner, household remedy, and industrial purposes it is traditionally used in hypertension and in patients with ischemic heart disease. Juice of leaves is given in diarrhea and dysentery. The leaves medicinally used for stomach problems and allergy. It is also used for the treatment of liver and spleen disease, asthma and jaundice. The infusion of these leaves is used in indigestion, rheumatic pains, arthritis, and as remedy for inflamed joints. Menthol derived from its essential oil is used in pharmaceutical, perfumery, and food industries. Menthol is antiseptic, carminative, refrigerant, stimulant and diuretic in properties and is used against skin infections. It has been reported to possess diverse medicinal properties, and hence there is a need to explore its medicinal properties to support the traditional claim. This review shed a light on extensive experimental work carried on its extracts to validated classical claims.

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