Five Things To Know About Muña, the Andean Mint

We might be a modern day civilization, but we still have a lot to learn from the ancient ones. From the Romans, we learned not to train slaves in warfare. Cleopatra and the Egyptian people taught us that snake bites can be fatal. And the Incas built one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen, but they also blessed us with … Andean mint? Commonly known as Muña, or mint of the Incas, Andean mint essential oil is renowned for its powerful healing properties, and is commonly used today.


For those of you unfamiliar with the product, we’re here to explain why the oil is one you should be keeping an eye on - and keeping handy in your medicine cabinet. 


  1. Feeling down in the dumps? If you’re looking to rid the body of any negative vibrations, Muña oil is the product for you. Believed to be an essential part of maintaining good health, Muña possesses a deep, minty scent and is said to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling. It’s excellent for combatting depression, and can be helpful in invigorating the mind, body and spirit - making it useful in promoting concentration.
  2. Muña is perhaps most famously known for its ability to tackle various digestive and respiratory system ailments. When consumed in teas, seasonings or medicinal infusions, Muña helps to improve cough and flu symptoms, as well as stomach aches and diarrhea. In fact, taking just one drop can have a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles!
  3. Less commonly, the plants are said to be used externally for other parts of the body, such as rheumatism or bruises.It can be used in liniments for the relief of muscle pain, lumbago, bruises, joint pain and insect bites.
  4. Makeup gurus, this one’s for you! Muña is excellent for cosmetic applications, due to its ability to fight against free radicals. It is frequently used in creams, detergents, shampoos and perfumes. 
  5. The next time you think about calling your local exterminator, think about sprinkling some essential oil, instead. Muña is loathed by insects and vermin, making it a great option to rid a small space of pesky ants. 

The bottom line? With its myriad healing properties, we recommend picking up some Andean essential oil before reaching for anything over the counter. 


You can purchase Muña by clicking on the “Shop” link of our Luna Sundara site here, which also offers directions for effective usage. As we’d love to hear more about your experience with the product, you can feel free to reach out by DM’ing us at @Luna.Sundara, or messaging us directly through the site.

August 12, 2019 — Luna Sundara