Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Calamint ( Calamintha officinalis) is a strongly aromatic perennial herb, belonging to the order Labiatae and occurring- commonly in a wild state on dry soil in England, Central and Southern Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. Its loose unilateral cymes of purplish flowers spring from the axils of the opposite ovate leaves. The calyx is tubular, with a straight tube and thirteen veins, its three upper sepals are well separated from the two lower; and the corolla has also a straight tube, an erect flat upper lip, and a spreading three-lobed lower one. The plant is used in making herb tea.