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Mint - Mentha

Mint was brought to the North America by Europeans. It can be recognized by the fragrance given off by the crushed leaves.

There are many varieties of mint that are grown. The leaves are brewed as a tea. Mint tea can settle nausea. It is used as a garnish and an ingredient in salads.

Mint plants can be invasive, spreading by the roots. The flowers are highly attractive to insects including bees.

Mint is used for cramps and hiccoughs of infants, children, and adults. It can serve as a remedy for sea sickness. Peppermint is considered stronger than spearmint. Indian Herbology of North America

Peppermint can be used as a flavoring agent. Both the leaves and flowers can be be used. The Herbalist

Native Americans have used mint in a variety of ways including as a medicine and a perfume. Idaho Panhandle National Forest

"Mice are so averse to the smell of mint, either fresh or dried, that they will leave untouched any food where it is scattered."


Monarda - Bee Balm is a member of the mint family



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