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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

Discover the Medicinal Benefits of Peppermint and Tips for Growing your Own

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

If you're only going to keep a few herbs on hand or just getting started with herbal medicine, peppermint needs to be part of your collection right from the start. It is also fun and easy to grow. Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory herb, making

it incredibly useful for an array of ailments. It also smells amazing which makes it perfect for patio gardens or near your front door. Spiders, mice, and mosquitos, just to name a few nuisances, hate the smell of peppermint making these delightful plants perfect for a safe and natural pest deterrent for your home. Peppermint tea is excellent for treating cold and flu symptoms or an upset stomach and peppermint oil can be used with a carrier oil such as grapeseed and can treat pain topically. You can also rub a little on your temples or the back of your neck to treat a headache or migraine. Have sinus issues? Peppermint oil is known for helping open up your sinuses so be sure to keep some around for flu and cold season.

Tip for growing peppermint:

Even for the blackest of the black thumbs out there, peppermint is easy to grow and even highly invasive. This isn't bad in itself because you'll have plenty to dry out for tea all winter long! Just keep in mind that peppermint is best when grown in a container, a separate patch of its own, or even in your kitchen window. Peppermint Tea Recipe for Colds and Flu


1 peppermint tea bag or ball of loose tea

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of lemon juice


Pour hot water over tea bag in your mug. Steep tea for 5 minutes and add honey and lemon juice. Sip and enjoy! Chances are, at some point, you'll find a way to put peppermint to use in your home. From pest control, pain relief, aromatherapy or beauty, peppermint is quite a crowd pleaser in the herbal family.


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