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Mentha aquatica (water mint; syn. Mentha hirsuta Huds.) is a perennial flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. It grows in moist places and is native to much of Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
The main substances identified were: menthofuran (51.26 to 58.59%), limonene (5.94 to 12.06%), trans-β-ocimene (5.59 to 6.10%), ledol (3.01 to 4.06%) and β- caryophyllene (2.923 to 3.557%). Key words: Mentha aquatica, phenophases, essential oil, menthofuran.
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
|Simple||Water mint leaves are thick, ovate with serrated edges. They can be totally green to having purple edges and veins; and can be hairy or smooth. They grow opposite and they are almost glabrous.|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||5 mm (0.2”) long||Pink to lilac clusters||The corolla is slightly zygomorphic, it measures about 5 mm (0.2”) long, and is 4-lobed. The calyx is narrowly campanulate, 5-lobed, grooved, and 13-veined. It has four stamens almost of even length, yet longer than the corolla. Water mint flowers in mid to late summer.|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Plant Mentha aquatica along the edges of bodies of water or in shallow water. The plant prefers slightly acidic soil in moist loam. Watermint plants do best in full sun but can also thrive in partial shade.