Minthostachys mollis Griseb.
* Abh. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen 19:235; Pl. lorentz. 187. 1874
Minthostachys mollis (muña) is a medicinal plant restricted to the South American Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. It is the most variable and widely distributed species of the genus Minthostachys.
In the indigenous medicine traditions of the Andes, the plant is made into tea and used medicinally as a carminative and aphrodisiac.
Its common name "muña" comes from Quechua.
The principal components of essential oil are as follows:
* USDA, ARS, GRIN. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Minthostachys mollis information from NPGS/GRIN (7 September 2008)
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