My Peppermint is Back . . . and so is DocMisty

peppermint leaf My Peppermint is Back . . . and so is DocMisty

(New peppermint growing in my garden)

Peppermint is a wonderful herb for relaxing a ‘twisted’ stomach (gas, bloating, cramps) and is simple to grow and to use:

  1. Grab a pair of scissors
  2. Cut enough to fill a quart mason jar
  3. Rinse it clean and pack it into the jar.
  4. Pour boiling water over the peppermint until the jar is full.
  5. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes or so – (longer if you want it stronger)
  6. Strain, add your favorite sweetener, and enjoy the fresh, spicy smell and taste as it soothes your tummy.

It’s easy to grow and could be called ‘robust’ if you’re in a good mood or ‘invasive’ if it’s making its way across your lawn.  So, contain it if you’re worried.  It does make mowing the lawn a more fragrant business.  And it always comes back.

. . . and now DocMisty is too :-)  I’ve been busy the last little while, developing a blog for one of my other passions:  Homeschooling

But, now that winter is over and I’m back digging into my garden and herbs, I plan on blogging over here a little more.  I’d like to write some posts on herbs that are easy to grow and how to use them – ideas that are simple for anyone to use for common ailments. 

Is there something you’d like to see me write about?  Alternative or herbal questions you have?  Just let me know and I’ll do my best.

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5 comments to My Peppermint is Back . . . and so is DocMisty

  • Hi all, we came here after an quick yahoo search. Nice website you have here! Keep it up!

  • Charlotte

    I’m so glad you’re back. Any info you post on herbs will be welcome–I know nothing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Welcome back DocMisty! We are eager to hear more from you. I really do need to make some room and plant some herbs. (I have a container garden that is taking over my balcony at the moment) What size of containers are recommended, and what are the most used herbs since space is limited. (Yes, I am jealous of all the space Jill has for growing things too.)

  • Hi Jill,

    I know what you mean – I have a big ‘ol sage bush that I use only occasionally, though I found and old style tooth powder recipe that uses it, since it’s supposed to be antibacterial and astringent – good for the gums.

    Peppermint is such a nice herb to have fresh – it’s one of the easiest herb teas to get kids to drink and great for upset stomachs. It’s also great to mix in with the more ‘medicinal’ tasting herbs to make them more palatable. To keep it from spreading you can put it in a container, sink a barrel in the ground, or some other underground barrier – or find a spot you don’t mind it spreading and just let it go. It could make a nice ground cover – just won’t stay where you want it. Chamomile, some of the times, and even some varieties of basil can also grow as nice ground covers.

    And don’t discount all the ‘cooking’ herbs. They have just as many health benefits as the ‘healing’ herbs. Use them liberally in your food for immune support (onion and garlic), sugar control (cinammon), calming and cleansing (basil), etc.

    I’m jealous of how much room you have to grow!! Plant some fruit trees for me!

  • Jill

    Yeah Misty, glad to have you back! I miss my herbs already. I don’t have a spot ready for them at my new house yet. I’ve always grown basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, parsely, sage, and oregano. I tried taragon, but it took over everything (and I didn’t know what to do with it anyway). My herbs are mostly for cooking, though I have to admit that I’ve never used some of them- they’re just pretty. So now I need to plan what to put into a new herb garden… I’d love your suggestions. I’ve never grown mint, because I was worried about it spreading. Could it be used as ground cover?

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