Cut Mint Bush (aka Native Thyme) is a type of native mint once used as a medicinal herb, but now more commonly features in cooking and herbal teas. It’s a highly aromatic shrub, rich in essential oils, giving off a minty aroma when crushed or rubbed, releasing a mint essence into the atmosphere. It is one of the most aromatic of Australia’s bush foods. During spring it produces a mass of lilac flowers that almost completely cover the foliage.This shrubby plant is found throughout New South Wales along the coastline, in sheltered rain-forest margins, beneath sclerophyll forest trees and around the Central Tablelands. Cut Mint Bush boasts a more complex flavor than Mentha mints, with hints of pepper and earthy tones, it makes a great flavorsome herb for chicken, fish, emu, kangaroo and lamb dishes. In recent times Cut Mint Bush has been used to a limited extent by bush food specialists in syrups, cordials, salsas, chutneys etc. One appealing feature
of the mint is it’s attractive, clean, strongly minty eucalyptal fragrance. Both the leaves and flowers have minty qualities and may be steeped in hot water to make a herbal tea. To harvest, just pluck fresh leaves off the growing plant, or prune whole stalks at a time. Both leaf and stem may be used — fresh, or chopped and dried for later use. Just remember the flavor will fade over time after harvesting.
This species prefers warmth and moisture. Grow in full sun or part-shade, and water generously in Summer. Be sure to choose a freely draining soil, as Native Thyme is susceptible to root rot when waterlogged. Enjoy the attractive foliage of this evergreen shrub all year, with a burst of small purple flowers in Spring. This plant grows fast, reaching up to 2 meters tall and wide, though it can be easily kept in a pot with regular pruning. It’s a great little shrub for gaps, hedges, screens, ornamental features or posies.
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River Mint (Mentha australia) Leaf Powder - SDS
Section 1: Chemical Product and Company Identification
Product Name: River Mint Leaf Powder Contact Information:
Catalogue Code: EFTABRM002 Essences from the Australian Bush
P.O.Box 3066, Pallas Street, Maryborough Qld 4650
CAS#: Not available Order Online: www.essencesfromtheaustraianbush.com.au
RTECS: Not available.
TSCA 8(b) inventory: No products were found.
CI#: Not available.
Synonym: River Mint Powder Call 0408780709
Chemical Name: Mentha Australis
Chemical Formula: Major compounds identified in the extract were rosmarinic acid (160.4 ± 0.85 μg mg(-1)purified extract), neoponcirin (145.0 ± 0.42 μg gallic acid equivalent(GAE) mg(-1)), narirutin (30.3 ± 0.02 μg GAE mg(-1)), chlorogenic acid (15.4 ± 0.05 μg mg(-1)) and biochanin A (9.6 ± 0.06 μg GAE mg(-1)), while minor compounds were caffeic acid, apigenin, hesperetin and naringenin. Neoponcirin and biochanin A were identified for the first time in the Mentha genus.
Section 2: Composition and Information on Ingredients
Name CAS # % by Weight
River Mint Leaf Powder 100
Toxicological Data on Ingredients: Not applicable.
Section 3: Hazards Identification
Potential Acute Health Effects:
Slightly hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant), of inhalation. Non-irritant for skin. Non-hazardous in case of ingestion.
Potential Chronic Health Effects:
CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. TERATOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available.
DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Not available. Repeated or prolonged exposure is not known to aggravate medical condition.
Section 4: First Aid Measures
Check for and remove any contact lenses. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention if irritation occurs.
Skin Contact: Wash with soap and water. Get medical attention if irritation develops.
Serious Skin Contact: Not available.
If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention.
Serious Inhalation: Not available.
Do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If large quantities of this material are swallowed, call a physician immediately. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or waistband.
Serious Ingestion: Not available.
Section 5: Fire and Explosion Data
Flammability of the Product: May be combustible at high temperature.
Auto-Ignition Temperature: Not available.
Flash Points: Not available.
Flammable Limits: Not available.
Products of Combustion: Not available.
Fire Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Slightly flammable to flammable in presence of open flames and sparks, of heat. Non-flammable in presence of shocks.
Explosion Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Risks of explosion of the product in presence of mechanical impact: Not available. Risks of explosion of the product in presence of static discharge: Not available.
Fire Fighting Media and Instructions:
SMALL FIRE: Use DRY chemical powder. LARGE FIRE: Use water spray, fog or foam. Do not use water jet.
Special Remarks on Fire Hazards: Not available.
Special Remarks on Explosion Hazards: Organic dusts can form explosive mixtures in air.
Section 6: Accidental Release Measures
Use appropriate tools to put the spilled solid in a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface and dispose of according to local and regional authority requirements.
Use a shovel to put the material into a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface and allow to evacuate through the sanitary system.
Section 7: Handling and Storage
Keep away from heat. Keep away from sources of ignition. Empty containers pose a fire risk, evaporate the residue under a fume hood. Ground all equipment containing material. Do not breathe dust.
Storage: Keep container tightly closed. Keep container in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do not store above 24°C (75.2°F).
Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, fume or mist, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants below the exposure limit.
Personal Protection: Safety glasses. Lab coat.
Personal Protection in Case of a Large Spill:
Splash goggles. Full suit. Boots. Gloves. Suggested protective clothing might not be sufficient; consult a specialist BEFORE handling this product.
Exposure Limits: Not available.
Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical state and appearance: Solid. (Powdered solid.)
Taste: Not available.
Molecular Weight: Not available.
pH (1% soln/water): Not available.
Boiling Point: Not available.
Melting Point: Not available.
Critical Temperature: Not available.
Specific Gravity: Not available.
Vapour Pressure: Not applicable.
Vapour Density: Not available.
Volatility: Not available.
Odour Threshold: Not available.
Water/Oil Dist. Coeff.: Not available.
Ionicity (in Water): Not available.
Dispersion Properties: Not available.
Solubility: Not available.
Section 10: Stability and Reactivity Data
Stability: The product is stable.
Instability Temperature: Not available.
Conditions of Instability: Excess heat, incompatible materials
Incompatibility with various substances: Not available.
Corrosivity: Not available.
Special Remarks on Reactivity: No information available at this time.
Special Remarks on Corrosivity: Not available.
Polymerization: Will not occur.
Section 11: Toxicological Information
Routes of Entry: Inhalation. Ingestion.
Toxicity to Animals:
LD50: Not available. LC50: Not available.
Chronic Effects on Humans: Not available.
Other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Slightly hazardous in case of inhalation. Non-irritant for skin. Non-hazardous in case of ingestion.
Special Remarks on Toxicity to Animals: Not available.
Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: Not available.
Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: Unlikely to cause skin irritation. Eyes: Dust may cause eye irritation. Ingestion:
Swallowing this material during normal handling is not likely to be harmful. Inhalation: This material may produce dust. May cause respiratory tract irritation. Breathing small amounts of this material during normal handling is not likely to be harmful.
Section 12: Ecological Information
Ecotoxicity: Not available.
BOD5 and COD: Not available.
Products of Biodegradation:
Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.
Toxicity of the Products of Biodegradation: Not available.
Special Remarks on the Products of Biodegradation: Not available.
Section 13: Disposal Considerations
Waste must be disposed of in accordance with federal, state and local environmental control regulations.
Section 14: Transport Information
Transport Classification: Not a controlled material (Australia).
Identification: Not applicable.
Special Provisions for Transport: Not applicable.
Section 15: Other Regulatory Information
Federal and State Regulations: No products were found.
Other Regulations: Not available.
WHMIS (Canada): Not controlled under WHMIS (Canada).
This product is not classified according to the EU regulations. Not applicable.
Health Hazard: 1
Fire Hazard: 1
Personal Protection: a
National Fire Protection Association (U.S.A.):
Reactivity: 0 Specific hazard:
Not applicable. Lab coat. Not applicable. Safety glasses.
Section 16: Other Information
References: Not available.
Other Special Considerations: Not available.
Created: 10/10/2005 11:14 AM
Last Updated: 05/21/2013 12:00 PM
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