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Peppermint Puremints

 

MELTZER'S NATURAL PEPPERMINTS

 

PEPPERMINT - (Mentha piperita) WITH PARSLEY, CHLORELLA, AND CHAMOMILE

Meltzer’s Puremints pastilles contain Pacific Northwest Peppermint Oil that has been custom blended to our unique specifications for just the right depth of flavor and coolness. And our peppermint oil contains absolutely nothing artificial. No artificial flavor enhancers, no artificial cooling agents, no artificial anything! It is Pure and Natural which is something Meltzer’s is committed to and takes great pride in. So we state it clearly right on the front label. Unless a product, like peppermint oil, is specifically substantiated to be natural it very well may not be. Also, Meltzer’s Peppermint oil was not produced using Propylene glycol, a controversial solvent often used in flavor or flavor oil manufacture, nor was our Peppermint oil gamma-irradiated. Meltzer’s Peppermint oil is truly of the highest quality available - and we compliment it with organic beneficial herbs that support fresh breath and digestion.

Meltzer's Peppermint Oil is of supreme quality. It has a smooth, full-bodied flavor that is naturally crisp and cool. Made from peppermint grown in the Pacific Northwest, famous for it's high quality mint oil, it is absolutely pure and natural. We worked closely with our grower to develop our unique, custom blend. Meltzer's natural mints contain a blend of the finest ingredients including organic peppermint, organic parsley, organic chamomile, and organic chlorella.

Cool, invigorating, refreshing. We all know that very distinctive flavor sensation one gets from Mentha piperita, commonly known as peppermint, an aromatic herb used for centuries for it’s flavor and it’s health-supporting properties.

Traditional Use

The historical use of peppermint dates back to the early 18th century and is quite similar to how it is used today. Peppermint tea has always been enjoyed and, more recently, peppermint's distinctive flavor has become popular as a lozenge or mint. Peppermint has been used by herbalists as a general digestive aid as well as to relax and sooth the intestines. The two main cultivated forms are the black mint, which has violet-colored leaves and stems and a relatively high oil content, and the white mint, which has pure green leaves and a milder taste.

Location, Location, Location!

The Pacific Northwest, with its numerous valleys and microclimates, is famous for its Peppermint oil just as Napa Valley is famous for its wine. The north-western coastal area has the perfect climate, as well as soil fertility, for growing peppermint and the peppermint oil produced there is considered by many mint connoisseurs to be the finest in the world. The variations of Peppermint oil from that area - some smooth and full-bodied, others spicy and cool - are as complex as that of wines and have absolutely excellent flavor!

Growing Conditions

Growing conditions are extremely important for the quality of natural Peppermint oil. Individual valleys have their own microclimates creating natural yet dependable variations in peppermint flavor. The amount of water and moisture, sunlight, fertility of the soil, and temperature all contribute to the chemical make-up, as well as to the amount of flavor constituents found in the oil. A careful peppermint grower is able to cultivate plants to achieve an optimal flavor profile while achieving exciting variations in the end flavor by intimately knowing how separate microclimates affect the plants. This is similar to the growing of grapes for fine wines.

Chemical Components

The activities of Peppermint are due primarily to its volatile oil, which exists in the leaves and flowering tops. Menthol, considered one of the main active components of Peppermint, also lends to it that “cooling” sensation. Menthol is a very volatile component of the oil - when pure, natural peppermint oil is used delicate, white menthol crystals may sometimes form due to slight variations in temperature. But menthol is by far not the only ingredient that gives Peppermint its distinctive flavor. Natural Peppermint oil contains varying percentages of several different components which provide a full flavor and complexity, including menthol esters, and menthone, as well as flavanoids and tannins. Often these components are removed and substituted for more menthol or an artificial menthol substitute called “menthol carboxylate” - so the resulting “peppermint oil” feels cooler yet misses the depth of flavor. And it is frequently no longer all natural.

Organic Parsley

Parsley is most popular as a garnish and is an excellent breath freshener. Parsley was cultivated as early as the third century BC. The Romans used Parsley as a garnish and flavoring. It spread to the Americas in the 17th century, where it now grows plentifully. It is the most widely used culinary herb in the United States. Parsley is difficult to process because it takes twelve pounds of fresh Parsley to make one pound of dried. However, more people still use dried Parsley than fresh leaves as a garnish in soups, salads, meats, vegetables, and sauces.

Organic Chlorella

Chlorella are green, single-cell microalgae. They are highly nutritious and a rich source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a group of related green pigments found in photosynthetic organisms. It is commonly used for reducing bad breath and helping with detoxification. Avoid confusion with chlorophyllin, a semisynthetic derivative of chlorophyll. In addition to chlorophyll, chlorella contains 60% protein and is a complete vegetarian protein, containing all eight essential amino acids.

Organic Chamomile

Chamomile is a mild, sweet-tasting tea herb very popular as a soothing, calming tea. Although it is commonly understood as a ‘calming’ herb, the traditional use by herbalists has actually been for physical soothing of the digestive system, mucous membranes and as well as a “blood purification” tonic. Chamomile has historically been used for indigestion, upset stomach, and nausea, as well as flatulence associated with mental stress. It also has been used for irritation of the mouth.

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