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Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
A bushy perennial Old World mint (in the family Lamiaceae) having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leaves; the lemony leaves of this plant that are used for a tisane or in soups or fruit punches. It is often confused with bee balm (which is genus Monarda). Lemon balm is often used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is used as an anxiolytic, mild sedative, or calming agent.
WARNING: Lemon balm is believed to inhibit the absorption of the thyroid medication thyroxine.

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Use: leaves stems flowers. If planning to use this charmer in a container, be aware that it is a very aggressive plant, and will eventually strangle out the others, so you are best to give it its own pot. They also prefer damp rich soil and shade. Peppermint is used after dinner for its carminative effect. It is also delightful with meats and in desserts.
WARNING: Do not pick wild - use only identified mints. Pennyroyal, a close cousin, has been known to induce comas and convulsions.

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Spearmint (Spearmint)
Also called Pennyroyal (not to be confused with European Pennyroyal - see warning). Hardy perennial that will grow to about 24 inches high. Has aromatherapeutic properties, as well as making a great seasoning and tea. Prefers moist soil and full sun. A slightly less potent variety than peppermint, this strain is carminative as well. Taken after dinner, it aids digestion and relieves flatulence.
WARNING: Do not pick wild - use only identified mints. European Pennyroyal, a close cousin, has been known to induce comas and convulsions.

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