‘Mentha arvensis’

Corn Mint / Menthe Des Champs / Μέντα η Αρουραία


Common Name: Corn Mint / Menthe Des Champs / Μέντα η Αρουραία

Scientific Name: Mentha arvensis


Plant’s cycle: Perennial

Light Requirement: full sun, semi-shade

Soil type: any soil type,

Sowing in nursery: Spring

Direct Planting: Spring

Germination: 7 days after sowing

Harvest:   60 days after sowing


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: by Bees

Plant is Self-fertile

Seed preservation: 3 years


Edible Parts: Leaves

Medicine: Anaesthetic;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Aromatic;  Cancer;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Galactofuge;  Salve;  Stimulant;  Stomachic


Corn mint, like many other members of this genus, is often used as a domestic herbal remedy, being valued especially for its antiseptic properties and its beneficial effect on the digestion. Like other members of the genus, it is best not used by pregnant women because large doses can cause an abortion. The whole plant is anaesthetic, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, galactofuge, refrigerant, stimulant and stomachic. A tea made from the leaves has traditionally been used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and various minor ailments. The leaves are a classical remedy for stomach cancer.

Other Uses: Repellent;

Known Hazards: Large quantities of some members of this genus, especially when taken in the form of the extracted essential oil, can cause abortions so some caution is advised.