Name:
*Peppermint (Mentha spicata piperita)

Description:
*Perennial
*zones 5-9 are best
*strew the leaves in cupboards and beds to deter ants and fleas

Parts Used:
*Leaves, both fresh and dried

Position:
*Moist, rich soil
*Partial to full sun

Propagation:
*Easily propagate mint from cuttings or by dividing clumps.
*It is best not to propagate by seed because it often is not as strong medicinally or in taste if done this way

Maintenance:
*Since mint can become invasive, you  must keep it under control with cuttings or you can grow it in a large pot
*This plant can have problems with pests such as mint fleas, beetles, and caterpillars

Harvesting:
*Mints dry well in a warm, airy place away from direct sunlight
*Store crumbled leaves in an airtight container
*Harvest fresh leaves as required/needed

Medicinal:
*known for giving you a feeling of renewal and refreshment
*produces relaxing effects on the gut and can help relieve indigestion, nausea, gas, and cramping
*highly effective for irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and stomach pain

Cooking:
*mint does not compliment other herbs well EXCEPT: parsley, thyme, marjoram, sage, oregano, and coriander

Companion Planting:
*Plant spearmint and peppermint near roses to deter aphids

 

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