Peppermint is a small, fast-growing hybrid mint, a cross between spearmint and water mint. It's native to Europe but today is cultivated all over the world.
Peppermint has a long history of use in food and herbal medicine, and recently western medicine has taken interest because of peppermint's effectiveness in treating nausea, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
For skin care, peppermint is important for several reasons. It is high in menthol, which gives a cooling and soothing effect on contact. It is antibacterial and antiseptic, and also stimulates blood flow when applied topically. It's also loaded with a number of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium and Vitamins A and C.