A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF MEDICINAL AND THERAPEUTIC USES OF MENTHA PIPERITA

Maria Simona CHIS, Sevastița MUSTE, Adriana PAUCEAN, Simona MAN, Anamaria POP, Carmen Rodica POP, Georgiana Smaranda MARTIS

Abstract


The new trend in food science is to replace the synthetic preservatives with natural vegetable sources. As mentioned by a large scientific literature, due to their rich chemical composition in bioactive compounds, essential oils could be a novelty in this research area. Thanks to the main components of Mentha piperita species, such as menthol and menthone, peppermint oil represent a new possibility to prevent and maintain the appearance of food borne pathogens. Also, peppermint oil could be successfully used to treat different human diseases, having medicinal and therapeutic effects.


Keywords


Mentha piperita, bioactive compounds, antimicrobial activity, medicinal, therapeutic.

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