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Mentha piperitaMentha piperita
This mint is said to be an aphrodisiac and thus a Venus plant even though it is normally associated with the Element of Air and contains the planetary metal for Jupiter (tin). A hybrid of spearmint and watermint, peppermint was originally from Asia. It was first cultivated in England in 1750 and has since spread all over the world.  A European native, like most mints it grows wild in damp places (a good place to grow mint in the garden is by the hose faucet).  This 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.   The scent of peppermint can help you stay awake. This herb is the source of menthol. Top

How to grow Peppermint:   Sow on soil surface and keep moist to germinate in 15 days at room temperature.  Transplant to moist, rich soil in partial shade, especially where it's hot or the sun is intense.  It can be propagated by root divisions and by cuttings once it is established.  Mint can be invasive, so keep an eye on it or grow it where it has plenty of room.  Harvest when flowers begin to develop.  The dried herb stays strong for a long time.  This herb is a perennial in zones 6-10 and an annual elsewhere.  It grows 2-3 feet high.  General growing info Top


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Love Magic
Venus/Air Herb

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