Mint

mint

There are many varieties of mint plants. Mint produces an intense aroma and intricate pale purple flowers. Although indigenous to Europe and the Mediterranean, varieties of mint are now cultivated throughout the world. Spearmint has long been used for medicinal purposes. Since the ancient times it has been commonly used to whiten teeth and soothe bites of all kinds. Peppermint provides the most widely used essential oil in medicines. Mint is said to aid with digestion—hence, that chocolate mint thins after dinner is not just tradition. Japanese mint is the source of menthol, a major essential oil used in flavoring prepared foods. It’s so easy to extract mint from the leaves for a variety of purposes, such as making mint candy or even mentholated chewing gum.

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