MINTS: “Peppermint, Spearmint”
Also Known As: There are hundreds of different kinds of mints
Have you ever had a dinner mint, spearmint or peppermint gum? Mints are a sweet and spicy breath freshener.
Mints are used for many ailments. For burns, scalds, herpes and wounds, apply a few drops of peppermint oil directly on to the affected area.
For a decongestant or digestive infusion, put 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herbs in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and do not drink more than 3 cups a day.
In a tincture, take only 1/4 to 1 teaspoon no more than 3 times daily.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Spearmint is a perennial and peppermint looks like spearmint, except it grows a little taller. Mints crossbreed easily and it is often impossible to tell what is sprouting from the seeds. Any piece of root that is cut can produce a plant.
Use moist, rich and well drained soil under full sun of partial shade. Harvest leaves as they mature, cutting the plant entirely leaving only a few inches from the ground.