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(Mentha piperita)
Common names: Brandy Mint, Curled Mint, Lamb Mint, Lammint, Peppermint.

Peppermint

   
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Parts Used: Leaves, stems. Methods Used: Water extraction, oil extraction, poultice.
Spiritual Uses: Mint was believed to purify, protect, attract love, and effect change.

Physical Uses: While this variety is native to North America, there are more than 600 varietes of mint that have been used and appreciated around the world. It has been utilized in medicines, drinks, and foodstuffs since prehistoric times.

A pleasant herb, it is used to treat the digestive problems of people of all ages. Add mint leaves to provide a more pleasant flavor to other, less tasty teas.

Mint is used as a general tonic and a specific for migraine and other headaches, nausea and upset stomach. It can offer relief from gas and cramps, and has value as a stimulant.

Use as a massage oil to lessen the pains and discomfort of reheumatism and other aches,

Add peppermint tea to the bath water for itching skin. Cold peppermint tea may help to relieve hiccoughs.

The volatile oils have relieved bronchial and head congestion. Mint is also believed to be even more effective when treating respiratory infections, pulmonary tuberculosis, and fevers if mixed with Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Elder (Sambucus nigra).

Preparation:

TEA:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to sit for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped, dried leaves OR 5-7 large fresh leaves, torn. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain out leaves and discard.
  5. Drink as hot as possible.
  6. NOTE: To treat a headache, add a small pinch of baking soda just before drinking.
 
     
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