MINTS: “Peppermint, Spearmint”
Anesthetic, Bronchitis, Decongestant, Digestive Aid, Headache, Hysteria (Menstrual Discomfort), Infection Prevention
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, which also is great for soothing a tummy ache.
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.
No problems have been noted for mints, peppermint or spearmint. Use mints in medicinal amounts only and consult your doctor if you experience any unpleasant effects.