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Feb 2006 WOOD MINT
N. Walker

The Lamiaceae Family has given us many herbs used in cooking and perfumery; Rosemary, French Lavender, Thyme, Majoram, Sage, and the garden mints are just a few. From the web:

"Downy Wood Mint is edible and medicinal, the aromatic leaves, like peppermint, can be prepared like those of true mints, steeped in hot water, flavor jellies, sauces, dressings, cool drinks and hot tea. The tender basal shoots are used fresh in salads. An infusion of the herb is used in alternative medicine as an alterative (for that run down feeling), analgesic, antiseptic, diaphoretic, carminative and tonic. The medicinal tea is used in the treatment of indigestion, colic, coughs, colds, chills and fevers. A warm poultice of the leaves will relieve a sinus headache. Chewing the fresh leaves kills bacteria in the mouth and is good for teeth and gums."

Not to be taken seriously.