Mint is an easy herb to grow – one of the most difficult things about it is preventing it from taking over your garden. This is a protective herb, with the reputation of warding off malignant energy and intentions.

There is a good reason why after-dinner mints are offered after dinner. One of mint’s main benefits is as a soothing digestive. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is the variety widely used medicinally. It is an antispasmodic, relaxing the colon muscles and digestive tract, and stimulates bile. It effectively treats indigestion, stomach cramps, flatulence, heartburn and nausea. It has a beneficial effect on irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and abdominal pain. It also promotes sweating and can be used to treat fevers. Externally mint can be used to ease joint and muscle aches. Added to a steam inhalation it eases nausea and decongests nasal passages.

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