Anyone growing the mint called peppermint is actually growing a medicine chest full of useful products. This mint has been studied for centuries and has been proven to provide relief for several ills. Peppermint oil is rich in calcium, copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, iron and vitamins A and C. There is a reason peppermint oil is added to personal grooming products, cough drops, stomach remedies and more.
Peppermint grows with little to no care once it is established. If not contained, this mint, like most, will take over a flower bed. It should be picked throughout the spring, summer and early fall to make essential oils, used as tea or in drinks and foods. Be sure to cut the mint back to four or five inches from the ground before frost and hang the mint to dry.
Make peppermint tea to aid in digestion. Use the essential oil to apply to the forehead to cure headaches. Mix two drops of essential oil with a cup of water to drink when nauseated.
Peppermint oil is good for relieving a toothache, aiding in the prevention of dandruff, body aches and for relieving excess gas. Place a sprig of peppermint in iced tea for a calming effect. Offer a sprig of the mint to anyone with bad breath.
Essential oils are derived through steam distillation. They can be made at home or purchased at any health food store. As with all herbal remedies, consult a family physician before using, especially if you are taking prescription medicines for a chronic condition.