Peppermint is usually associated with Elemental Air, probably because of its strong fresh scent. As an Air herb, peppermint can be used for divination, visualization, and wind magic. Some consider it a Venus herb, though, and peppermint is often used in love magick and is said to be an aphrodisiac. Crowley associated peppermint with the Kabbalistic path of Aleph. Since peppermint also contains the planetary metal for Jupiter (tin), it makes sense that this magick herb is sometimes put into charms for protection in legal situations, an area over which Jupiter has dominion.
Peppermint is a good general digestive, great for nausea and for spasms of the digestive tract; it has been shown to be helpful in combination with caraway oil in cases of irritable bowel syndrome. It is also good for bronchitis and pneumonia. A poultice of fresh herbs on the head can relieve headache, and it makes an excellent tea that you can drink as often as you'd like. Atheletes have found it helps lessen fatigue and frustration and makes them feel more vigorous. The scent of peppermint can help you stay awake and sharpens concentration. As much as people like peppermint, insects don't. Peppermint (especially peppermint essential oil) can be a good way to keep ants out of your cabinets.
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