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"Mints", smells and traditional uses in Thessaloniki (Greece) and other Mediterranean countries

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Τίτλος"Mints", smells and traditional uses in Thessaloniki (Greece) and other Mediterranean countries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKarousou, R., Balta M., Hanlidou E., & Kokkini S.
JournalJournal of ethnopharmacologyJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume109
Pagination248-257
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03788741
Λέξεις κλειδιάAcinos, Acinos alpinus, Acinos suaveolens, Arthritis, article, Asthma, backache, cholera, common cold, constipation, convulsion, coughing, Diabetes mellitus, diarrhea, digestive system function disorder, Dioscurides, dizziness, drug nomenclature, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, envenomation, erysipelas, Essential oil, eye swelling, fever, fragrance, gallbladder disease, Greece, headache, heart disease, hemorrhoid, herbaceous agent, Herbal market, hypertension, infection, Inflammation, influenza, market, medicinal plant, Mediterranean, Mentha, Mentha longifolia, Mentha piperita, Mentha pulegium, Mentha spicata, Mentha suaveolens, Mentha villoso nervata, Menthone, migraine, Mint, motion sickness, nausea, odor, otalgia, peppermint oil, Pulegone, respiratory tract disease, Smell, Southern Europe, stomach disease, taxon, Thessaloniki, Traditional medicinal uses, traditional medicine, vomiting
Abstract

The herbs of the "mint" group traded in the herbal market of Thessaloniki include eight taxa, members of two genera, Acinos (two species) and Mentha (four species and two hybrids). The essential oil content of 72 samples examined ranged from traces up to 1.69 ml/100 g of dry weight. Besides three almost scentless samples, the different "mints" are distinguished according to their prominent smell differences, i.e. samples with a pungent, musty and sweet type of smell. As a result, the commercial names attributed to them correspond to a particular type of smell and not to a particular taxon. A number of 29 medicinal uses were recorded in total. In most cases uses were not associated with particular taxa but were rather determined by plant smells. A literature survey has shown that the "mints" traded in Thessaloniki are also used as herbal medicines all over the Mediterranean area, with 67 different therapeutic uses. Among them the 22 uses, already mentioned by Dioscurides, show that the utilization of "mints" as herbal medicines in the Mediterranean countries has a long tradition. © 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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