Leaves, Finely Cut, 50 Gr from Peru (SKU 3149)

Our most popular tea from the Peruvian Andes. Excellent quality finely shredded Muna herb from Peru. Collected in the Huanuco area in the Peruvian Andes. Harvested May 2016. Similar to Peppermint leaves, it makes a delicious tea.

Packed in bags of 50 gr.

Muna is a delicious minty herb from the Andean highlands with many powerful qualities. From the cold zones of South America, this medium-sized herbaceous plant is often drunken as a tea to ease gas accumulation in the stomach, and it is used as a general aid to the digestive system. It also serves as a bronchodilator and expectorant and is therefore often applied to ease flues and other airway infections or obstructions. The bronchodilating effects are also used to counteract high-altitude sickness, similar to the use of coca leaves or mate. Moreover, Muna contains high amounts of phosphorous and calcium, which are essential elements for maintaining strong teeth and bones.

Customer report:

"...A rich herby, slightly sour aroma with familiar tones of peppermint however distinctively different. An initial sharp minty sensation on the tongue that flows around the airways leaving the mouth feeling clean and refreshed. A calming and enjoyable tea..."

Other names: Andean Mint, Muna-Muna Minthosthachys mollis, Minthosthachys setosa

For making a delicious Muna tea, one teaspoon (5 grams) is enough for half a liter of water. If Muna is to be used as a strong infusion, 1-3 teaspoons should be brought to the boil for at least 3 times and then left on low heat for a few more minutes.

Muna was used by the Incas for respiratory problems when drank with honey. In addition, Muna is used by indigenous people to strengthen the immune system, and to counteract worm infections and other parasites and bacteria. Muna still serves as a bronchodilator and expectorant and is commonly used as a flavorful tea and spice for traditional dishes.  In addition to the various folk medicine uses, Muna is also used as a Andean Yerba Mate drink called Yerba Compuesta (Bustos and Bonino 2005), as a candy (Ojeda et al. 2004), and as a liquor (Ojeda et al. 2004).

Muna belongs to the Lamiaceae (Mint family). It is a multi-branched, small leaved deciduous shrub prized for its medicinal and aromatic values. Essential oils can also be extracted and sold as a concentrate. Muna muna also known as Andean Mint, is a shrub, usually growing from 2.700 – 3.100 meters high, with white flowers and aromatic leaves. Used to support the respiratory system as well as a digestive aid. Muna Muna Extract is concentrated to provide strength, ease of digestion, and rapid assimilation.

Muna contains several different essential oils, of which each serves a powerful function, follow this link to read in depth. The main oils contained were pulegone (47%), menthone (25%), and isomenthone (4%), however, depending on the climatic zone the ingredients may vary.

Best avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers as it could discourage flow of milk. May antidote homeopathic remedies.

Bustos JA, Bonino EE (2005). Cosecha silvestre de peperina (Minthosthachys mollis) en Córdoba, Argentina: implicancias socioeconómicas. Revista Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica; 2: 45–55

Ojeda M, Coirini R, Cosiansi J, Zapata R, Zygadlo J (2004). Evaluation of variability in natural populations of peperina (Minthostachys mollis (Kunth) Griseb.), an aromatic species from Argentina. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter; 126:27–30

Schmidt-Lebuhn AN (2008). Ethnobotany, biochemistry and pharmacology of Minthostachys (Lamiaceae). J Ethnopharmacol.;118(3):343-53.

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