The peppermint plant is also known as brandy mint or balm mint. It's a small, perennial herb with four-sided stems and clusters of small reddish-violet flowers.
The finely toothed peppermint leaves are dark green, smooth or slightly hairy and with a strong, characteristic aroma.
Peppermint plants grow in sunny, moist areas and near water, and the plant is just one of many members of the mint family.
Other members are spearmint, water mint, horsemint, etc.
Peppermint essential oil with more than forty different compounds is used in dietary supplements, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, and for very many flavouring purposes.