Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used extensively throughout the centuries for both culinary and health purposes. The name ginger is derived from the Sanskrit - gringa - or horn and - vera - meaning body, in reference to the shape of the root. Peppermint (mentha piperita) is a universally-loved and widely-used flavoring. Health interest in mints dates from the first century A.D. when it was recorded by the Roman naturalist Pliny. Peppermint's value comes from the mint's volatile oil, which contains menthol, and is added to many formulas for its beneficial properties. Combined, ginger and peppermint make a refreshing tea. Natural herb teas that are good for you and the environment. For more that 75 years, long before it became fashionable, Alvita was championing the profound health-giving properties of herbal teas.