Latin Name: Mentha aquatica
The leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emetic, refrigerant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vasodilator.
A tea made from the leaves has traditionally been used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and various minor ailments.
It is also used as a mouth-wash and a gargle for treating sore throats, ulcers, bad breath etc.
Watermint has topical medicinal properties as a balm for sore muscles and an aid for cleaning wounds.