Balm Mint Bush is an Australian evergreen shrub whose essential oil is high in piperitone, 1,8-cineole, alpha pinene, and linalool. It is used for respiratory complaints, likely related to the 1,8-cineol, and may have a calming effect, related to the linalool that gives it a floral note.
The balm mint bush has small purple bell shaped flowers.
Limited research is available on the balm mint bush. Studies demonstrating the therapeutic benefits of 1,8-cineole show it to be antimicrobial, insect repelling, anti-inflammatory, and helpful with respiratory complaints. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Prostanthera melissifolia
This is an hardwood bushy herb with small dark green leaves and small purple flowers.
Oil is steam distilled from the leaves, with an aroma that is light, minty, eucalyptus like, and has a slight floral note.