According to AltNature, the leaves of mountain mint are brewed for a tea because they have the properties to ease pain, kill germs, promote sweating, expel excess gas and aid with menstruation issues. The tea is also used to treat indigestion, mouth and gum disease, and symptoms of colds and flu.
Finding mountain mint in places that sell plants may be difficult, but folks around the north part of Georgia usually find the mint growing just fine in flower beds and vegetable gardens where they were not planted. Mountain mint also grows in undisturbed soil in yards, at the edges of a forested area and in clumps of wild flowers.
Mountain mint resembles most other mints, but it does not crawl along the ground surface. It grows upright and bears small, but lightly-scented flowers that attract many pollinators to itself and other plants nearby. A photo of one species can be found on Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
While the wild mountain mint does not have a strong, distinctive scent like that of peppermint or spearmint, it does have most of the same healing properties. Some people prefer the more subtle taste of wild mountain mint because it doesn't have as much camphor.
The leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried to make mint tea. Raw honey makes an excellent sweetener, especially when treating viruses or an inflamed mouth.
Encourage the wild mint to stay around and add the dried leaves and flowers to a winter first-aid kit. Gather the seeds after the blooms have been shed and plant more mint in the spring.