Habag - Mentha Longifolia

Pharmacological and therapeutic effects of Mentha Longifolia L. and its main constituent, menthol.

Habag, wild mint (Mentha longifolia L. family Lamiaceae) grows extensively in Mediterranean regions, Europe, Australia, and North Africa.


The oil is extracted with steam distillation.  Different parts of the plant including its leaves, flower, stem, bark, and seeds have been also used widely in traditional folk medicine as antimicrobial, carminative, stimulant, antispasmodic and for the treatment of various diseases such as headaches and digestive disorders. In pharmacological research, there is enough indication for different biological effects of M. longifolia and the chemical compounds present in the essential oil of the plant.

This essential oil aids with

  1. ​Gastrointestinal issues - Spasmolytic and Antiemetic

  2. Respiratory - coughing – applied with carrier oil to the chest

  3. Anti-rheumatic – applied topically to joints with carrier oil

  4. Antibacterial – nasal inhalation of the vapor

  5. Deworming – two drops in a cup of tea

  6. Antioxidant