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Related to Mentha piperita: Mentha arvensis
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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No poisonous lookalikes. Use leaves at any stage. Related to spearmint, which is also edible. Pale violet flowers with purple stem (Spearmint has green stem) Peppermint leaf- relieves gas, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach pain, ulcers, intestinal cramps, colic, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and just about every digestive complaint known. The oil in the leaves soothe the bowel muscles and calm the entire digestive tract. Relieves intestinal gas almost instantly. A relaxing anti-spasmotic that calms nerves, tension, sleep problems, herpes. Relaxes gallbladder and bile duct spasms, so be careful if you have stones or obstructions. Freshens breath, covering up garlic breath etc. Very powerful volatile oil that kills bad microorganisms- good for athlete’s foot, fungus, cancer etc.
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Any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Mentha in the family Labiatae, especially M. piperita.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a temperate mint plant, Mentha piperita, with purple or white flowers: cultivated for its downy leaves, which yield a pungent oil
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