Mentha x piperita
Analgesic, anticongestant, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, nervine
Peppermint has been used traditionally for upset stomach, digestive issues, clearing of the sinuses and upper respiratory tract… and don’t forget the candy canes during the holiday season!
Peppermint candy, preferably made without so much sugar, is both cooling and soothing.
Peppermint prefers a bit of shade and moist soil. Grow it in a pot or container of some sort unless you want a peppermint lawn or garden. It spreads aggressively by underground runners, above ground runners and shear willpower! Harvest and dry it regularly, though, and you will control it somewhat.