From Mrs. Cog's Corner
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Care for an after dinner mint? Peppermint is an excellent aid in digestion and soothing the stomach. Not only is peppermint the oldest known cure for indigestion and gastro problems, but it has amazing qualities that aid respiratory problems that come with colds and coughs. As is the case with most essential oils, it has many other uses and applications, some of which can be found below.
And.. OH m' gosh! Whatever you do... don't plant peppermint right in your garden unless it has plenty of room because... it grows like a weed. By the end of last summer, all my carnations smelled like candy canes lol.
The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita. Extracted from the herb by steam distillation, the oil of peppermint is clear with a slight tinge of yellow. Its main constituent is menthol, which imparts the famous heady, minty aroma and the remarkable “cooling sensation,” when tasted or touched. Peppermint oil comprises vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals including potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. The numerous health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat several health problems. http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/health-benefits-of-peppermint/2011/03/02/id/388097