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Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Mentha piperita

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Peppermint is a vigorous, fast-growing perennial that thrives in moist, well-drained soil and appreciates partial shade. It grows well in a container as long as it's kept well-watered, or if put in the ground, it will spread by runners and quickly form a patch. This plant makes an ambitious groundcover, helps to deter pests from the garden with its volatile oils, and can be worked with in a number of ways (some ideas: sinus steam for congestion, digestive aid, tasty summertime tea or for nausea or stomach upset).

Peppermint Recipe Ideas

Mint Tzatziki

Finely chop mint and purslane. Mix into greek yogurt for a quick tzatziki sauce. Other additions: cucumbers, lemon, olive oil, garlic.

These statements are for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult a licensed health care professional before consuming a new plant -- especially if you are pregnant or have pre-existing medical conditions.


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