The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world.
Peppermint typically occurs in moist habitats, including stream sides and drainage ditches.
Peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations, and expands by underground rhizomes. Young shoots are taken from old stocks and dibbled into the ground about 1.5 feet apart. They grow quickly and cover the ground with runners if it is permanently moist. For the home gardener, it is often grown in containers to restrict rapid spreading. It grows best with a good supply of water, without being water-logged, and planted in areas with part-sun to shade.
The leaves and flowering tops are used; they are collected as soon as the flowers begin to open and can be dried. The wild form of the plant is less suitable for this purpose, with cultivated plants having been selected for more and better oil content. They may be allowed to lie and wilt a little before distillation, or they may be taken directly to the still.
Benefits of Peppermint
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Colonic Spasm and Gas
- Gastric Emptying Disorders
- Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)
- Infantile Colic
- Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage
- Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
- Shingles-Associated Pain
- Memory Problems
- Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea
- Prostate Cancer
- Radiation Damage
- Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
- Dental Cavities and Bad Breath
- Respiratory Benefits
- Hair and Skin
- Muscle Pain
How to prepare
Add boiling water to a half table spoon of finely chopped dryied peppermints and wait for 4-5 minutes then filter. 2-3 cups a day is ideal.