Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)   One of the oldest herbs that has been used both as a flavouring and a remedy, Peppermint is also easy to grow at home. It has been used for centuries, but became popular in the 18th Century, mostly for treatment of digestive discomfort such as pain, cramps, nausea and gas. It can also be valuable to help reduce blocked sinuses and nasal congestion that you get with a cold or flu. In fact, one of the active constituents, menthol, is found in many modern cold & flu preparations.   To make a tea, use a handful of fresh leaves, and steep for 10 minutes in hot water, strain the liquid and drink. If you have a cold, adding some honey to the tea can be a good combination, as honey helps to soothe a sore throat.   Peppermint essential oil is also handy as a rodent repellent - mice and rats hate the scent of Peppermint. Simply dab some of the oil in places you think mice may be frequenting, or put a few drops in a spray bottle filled with water and use as a room spray. The bonus is that your house will smell lovely and fresh  🙂

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