Peppermint is an herb in the mint family that is a cross between watermint and spearmint and it has a pleasant minty taste. It is native to Europe and Asia and has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits. Peppermint is used as a flavoring in foods and drinks. Peppermint leaves contain several essential oils including menthol, menthone and limonene. Peppermint oil effectively kills and prevents the growth of bacteria including E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella, and staphylococcus. The cooling properties of peppermint can soothe and refresh the skin making it ideal in the treatment of acne.