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Mint has many health properties

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Many of you know I grow mint. And not just peppermint (Mentha piperata)  and spearmint (Mentha spicata), but a whole variety of different kinds.

Medley of Mint

Medley of Mint

But I have to say, if I could grow just 1  mint, it would be peppermint due to its high concentration of menthol.

If you don’t grow mint, you can buy large bunches of it here in Cincinnati at Jungle Jims International Grocery.

Peppermint helps digestion and calms upset tummies. Oil of peppermint has been used to stop growth of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Peppermint has been used to relieve sinus, allergy-related colds and just about anything that’s bothering you, upper respiratory wise.

Peppermint contains some good nutrients: vitamins A and C and also copper and manganese. Vitamin A is good for our eyes, C is good for immune system health, and the copper and manganese is great for bone health.

Wrap the mint leaves in a soft, damp paper towel that loosely holds the leaves and place them in a sealed plastic bag. They should keep for several days in the fridge.

Or better yet, make a mint bouquet. Cut stems at bottom on an angle, and place in jar of water. Strip any leaves that are sitting in water. Leave at room temperature, change the water every day and you may see roots forming! Then you can pot it up or plant in the ground. Mint is a perennial so it will come up every year.

 

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