Botanic Focus

A little bit of history

Known for its great therapeutic and aromatic properties, mint has been used by man since ancient times. In fact, archaeologists have actually found dried mint leaves in Egyptian tombs from as far back as the 1st century BC – that’s a long time ago! What we now know is that the Assyrians and Babylonians used it to aid digestion, while the Hebrews made it into a body oil.

As for the Greeks, they would actually forbid their soldiers from using mint - they believed it to be an aphrodisiac! After being abandoned for some time in the West, mint actually made its return to pharmacopeia in the 18th century. Since then, it’s remained one of the most widely used plants in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.


Mentha aquatica L.

Over the years, botanists have identified well over 70 varieties of mint: wild, Moroccan, Indian, chewing gum, pepper and basil – to name a few! Originally from southern Europe, Aquatic mint is a wetland plant that especially thrives near ponds, streams and rivers.

Also known as “balm of the rivers” or “frog mint”, it is characterised by its ribbed, velvety stems punctuated with oval, serrated leaves. They range from 4 to 8 centimetres in length and its pale green colour – often with a tinge of purple!

Present in all continents, it displays a multitude of little flowers with five petals forming a pretty, rounded bouquet, ranging from white to mauve in colour. Klorane took an interest in Aquatic mint because of its high menthol content as well as polyphenols, for their proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Powerful anti-pollution properties

Recognised for its work on environmental and ecological issues, the prestigious Tsinghua University in China discovered that Mentha aquatica L. has the ability to clean up contaminated fresh water. Building on this discovery, Professor Claude Grizon’s CNRS laboratory in France – supported by Klorane Botanical Foundation – begun to conduct experiments on the decontaminating properties of mint at Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, in the heart of the Cévennes mountain range.

The results were incredible! Within just a few months, samples showed complete decontamination of downstream waters, restoring the purity of such a magnificent site. Much appreciated by the hikers and families, we’re sure!


Aquatic mint to the rescue of polluted scalps!

Inspired by the effectiveness of Nature’s decontaminating powers, Klorane botanists studied the decontaminating effects of Mentha aquatica L. on the scalp, since we know pollution affects our body and hair on many levels. Depending on where we live, there’s no escaping pollutants settling on our heads and smothering our scalp.

In the short term, this creates the impression of having lifeless hair. However, in the long term, the effects of pollution – combined with other oxidative stresses often present in our urban lives – result in a damaged scalp that is no longer able to grow beautiful, healthy hair.

The results?

The results achieved from using Aquatic mint on the scalp were just as incredible as the results found at Saint-Laurent-le-Minier: detoxified scalp, protected and refreshed hair, full of bounce. That’s why we decided to cultivate Aquatic mint on our land in southwest France, in accordance with the principles of organic farming.

We freeze Mentha aquatica L. following harvesting, to preserve its freshness, and then obtain a pure extract of Aquatic mint, a key ingredient that delivers the detoxifying properties in our Scalp Detox with Aquatic mint hair care range.