Mentha x piperita is a flowering perennial that is native to Europe and has since spread worldwide. Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It is used for its healthful properties and has many applications in food. Peppermint leaf is commonly steeped as a refreshing peppermint tea but is also popular in herbal tea blends and candies. Peppermint offers its cool, refreshing flavor and unmistakable aroma to a wide variety of foods and beverages. In the western world it is a common ingredient for candies, toothpastes, ice creams, pies and other desserts. The peppermint leaf itself is muddled and added to cocktails and is a popular ingredient in herbal teas when dried.
The world's most familiar "mint scent" is the aroma of peppermint. In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant when Proserpine, in a jealous rage, found out that Pluto was in love with her. Even earlier, Assyrians used peppermint as an offering to their fire god.
In magical folklore, peppermint is used in healing potions and mixtures and purification blends. Peppermint leaf placed on the altar will call helpful spirits to aid you in magic. Placed in a sachet near the pillow, it will aid sleep and produce premonitions in dreams. Peppermint can also be used in travel spells, and is a common ingredient in money and prosperity spells.