In the sarcophagus
In the Middle Ages, spearmint was more likely to be cultivated than peppermint. However, evidence found in ancient Egyptian tombs indicates that peppermint (now much more widespread) was actually being harvested as far back as 1200 to 600 BCE. When a pharaoh died, the ancient Egyptians placed mint in the sarcophagus alongside him in order to protect him on his journey to the afterlife. Peppermint continues to be used today in the production of cosmetics and perfumes due to its pleasant aroma.