Peppermint is a classic perennial herb native to Europe and usually found near streams or drainage areas. With a height of 2-3 feet, this plant has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal. It is used primarily for soothing stomach discomfort and reducing gas. This makes it beneficial in reducing hangover symptoms as well. It may also be used to curb bacterial growth and relax muscles. Mint is an extremely popular flavoring for toothpaste, candy and gum. Fresh leaves also go well in lemonade or iced tea. The flavor is derived from menthol, which also makes the plant useful for soothing colds and sore throats. Usually taken as a tea or sometimes smoked, the leaves and flowering tops are the valuable part of the plant. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy and is said to increase concentration. Aside from its medicinal uses, peppermint oil is said to repel ants too. This could potentially make it beneficial in your garden, especially when growing sweet plants like strawberries or tobacco.
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