A member of the mint family, Peppermint possesses the opposing leaves and square stems that are an identifying characteristic for this family. Mints are hardy perennial plants, and they are very easy to grow. Peppermint usually grows to between 12 and 35 inches in height and has small, pale, lilac-colored flowers. The easiest way to distinguish Peppermint from other mints is to nibble on a leaf. If you get a strong menthol aftertaste, that’s peppermint. Peppermint was used in old European Herbalists for calming indigestion and upset stomach.
History and Folklore:
In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant when Proserpine found out that Pluto was in love with her. One of the most advanced ancient cultures, the Egyptians, cultivated and used peppermint leaves for indigestion. The ancient Romans and Greeks also took peppermint to soothe their stomachs. The plant began to be used by Europeans for stomach ailments in the 18th Century.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Anodyne, Anti-Emetic, Antispasmotic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Stimulating Nervine,
Ingredients: Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
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