Peppermint Balm Mint Lamb Mint Benefits, Uses and Harvest

Peppermint has many names, balm mint, curled mint, lamb mint, and well, of course, peppermint. The plant is easily identified by its scent and flavor. It is indigenous to Europe but can be found worldwide and it is commonly used throughout many cultures. It is in the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family.

Identification

This plant is a perennial that grows from 1 to 3 feet tall. it has smooth, square stems and dark green opposite leaves with reddish veins. the leaves are 1 to 3 inches long and about half as wide. they have coarsely toothed margins, covered in short hairs, and a pointed tip. Purple flowers bloom from mid to late summer and are about 1/4 inch in length. The flowers do not produce viable seeds and the plant spreads by underground roots and rooting stems.

Medicinal Use

Menstrual cramping is a great way to introduce peppermint tea or oil to your monthly cycle. it is known to relax uterine muscle spasms and relieve menstrual cramping. Women can drink 3-5 cups of tea daily.

Rubbing the oil onto the forehead or on the scalp over the sore neck/shoulder muscles may relieve any tension headaches. The oil relieves the spasms that cause some types of headaches. You can use peppermint-infused products, although the distilled oil is stronger.

Peppermint calms the stomach and intestinal tract, relaxes the muscles, and soothes the mucous membranes. It helps treat diarrhea, spastic colon, and IBS.

This plant has an anti-bacterial component that works to bring an increased blood supply to the skin to speed up healing. Leading to slightly numbing the skin surface to relieve pain from insect stings, itchy skin, and mild skin irritations.

Recipe

Peppermint Tea – 1 teaspoon peppermint leaves, 1 cup water. Pour boiling water over the peppermint leaves and allow leaves to steep in water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Alyssa Esparza

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