Peppermint

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Mentha piperita

Candy, soap, toothpaste, and other common products often get their flavors and aromas from peppermint. This popular herb is an excellent one for digestive complaints, and it offers relief from body aches, congestion, headaches, and nausea.
Parts Used: Leaves
Precautions: Peppermint can aggravate heartburn. Discontinue use if your digestive problems worsen.
Identifying/Growing: The easiest way to identify peppermint is by its unmistakable scent. Fresh and crisp, it often greets you before you spot the herbs growing. Peppermint can be wildcrafted in many places; look for it near springs, creeks, and ponds. You can easily grow peppermint in a pot on your windowsill, or you can enjoy a larger harvest by cultivating some in your garden. Consider dedicating a container to peppermint, as it spreads quickly and can take over more space than you’d like it to if left unchecked. Just plant the seeds in spring, water them, and start harvesting leaves as they mature.

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