Scientific Name - Mentha piperita, Mentha spicata
Properties - Aromatic, carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, breath freshener, insect repellent
Common Uses - Use fresh or dried leaves to make tea or take a few drops of mint oil to alleviate flatulence or relieve menstrual cramps. Chew leaves to freshen breath.
Parts Used - Leaves, oil
Locating & Handling - Buy fresh or dried at grocery store. Oil, leaves, and teas may be found in health food stores. Mint is also available in candies and commercial preparations.
Caution - None
Origin - Native to Europe and Asia. Other varieties found in Africa, Americas, and Australia