Lesser calamint

Clinopodium nepeta

Lesser calamint
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Also known as mill mint, mountain balm.

The story…

Calamint is native to central Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. It grows on cool and well-drained soils, often on roadsides.



Lesser calamint serves as an intellectual stimulant, useful for students during exam periods or professionals during times of intense stimulation. It has a warm and peppery fragrance, invigorating and warming up for people who got a cold. Drink as an infusion in the morning, for example combined with rosemary (for the stimulating effect) or with thyme (for the warmth).


In case of slow digestion, it helps to relax cramps and decreases bloating. Drink as an infusion.

Painful periods

It has an antispasmodic effect on cramps and soothes feelings of cold during the menstruations. Drink a warm infusion, for example combined with ginger for the warming effect.


Contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

Lesser calamint
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