For folks that grow peppermint, you can dry it so that you can use it all year round instead of just in summer. This article will give you instructions for drying peppermint in the oven or in a dehydrator. There are many ways to use dried peppermint from adding it to soups, making peppermint tea, using it for upset stomachs and even scattering the mint in little cloth bags around to repel spiders and some even say fleas, ants and rodents.
According to Ehow though, ” The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that people with hiatal hernias and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should not take peppermint, nor should nursing or pregnant women. Consult your doctor before using mint as an herbal remedy.” You can also add it to soap and potpourri. The instructions for drying peppermint are from Lovely Greens. You can also buy dried peppermint if you don’t have it growing. If you decide to grow peppermint, one thing to be very aware of it that it is an invasive plant.
You can plant one small plant and a couple of years later it will be popping up all over the place with underground runners that get to be many feet long. So if you do want to grow mint, always keep it in a container to keep it under control.
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