Scientific name: Mentha arvensis
Family name: Perillaceae
Extraction part: Whole plant
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Note: Top note
Main components of essential oil: Menthol, Isomenthone, Menthyl acetate, Menthone, etc.
Place of origin: Hokkaido, Aizu area, Fukushima Prefecture
The Japanese species of Hakka, which grows naturally in Japan, is called Japanese mint and is characterized by its pleasant, cool, and expansive aroma. The main ingredient is menthol, which is used for flavoring and medical purposes. It is also known as “cool mint” because of its high content of soothing substances.
It is said to have been used as a medicinal herb to relieve tired eyes since the Manyo era.
In Japanese, it is written as “thin package. This originates from the fact that when thin cargo was actively cultivated in Hokkaido, the harvested mint leaves were distilled and made into Hakka oil, which was then processed into a compact form before being exported.
The main production area in Japan is Hokkaido, but nowadays most of the peppers are grown in India and China, and pure domestic peppers are becoming rare.
At the Jyuhachinichi, we are working with young farmers in Aizu on an initiative called the “Aizu Fragrance Project. This is an initiative to grow herbs on abandoned farmland, which is common in the Aizu region, and use the herbs for their fragrance.
For more details, please see the special page.