Peppermint ~ Mentha x piperita
This crop makes a strong brew and the flavour is far superior to anything you’d find in a bag on the supermarket shelf. Whilst processing the leaf from the stalk in its dried form it cleared my nose..and it didn’t even need clearing!
Here’s what David Hoffman has to say about the uses of peppermint in his book The Complete Illustrated Guide to The Holistic Herbal…
“….a relaxing effect on the visceral muscles, anti-flatulent properties and stimulates bile and digestive juice secretion, and so can relieve intestinal colic, flatulent dyspepsia and other associated conditions. the volatile oil acts as a mild anesthetic to the stomach wall, which helps to relieve the vomiting of pregnancy and travel sickness. Peppermint plays a role in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is most valuable in the treatment of fevers and especially colds and flu. as an inhalant it can be used as a temporary treatment for nasal catarrh. Where migraine headaches are associated with the digestion, this herb may be used. as a nervine it ease anxiety and tension. In painful periods it relieves the pain and eases tension. Externally it relives itching and inflammations.”
Phew, and you thought it was just the worlds most popular herbal beverage for its taste eh!
Grown organically here in Horowhenua, harvested at the optimum time and dried thoroughly, plus freezer treated.
$9 for 50grams