You probably know that mint can be easily grown in a garden, and it also grows wild.
It makes a wonderful tea, too. But, it has many other uses. Mint leaves can be chopped up and added to salads, or washed and eaten plain. The active ingredient in mint, menthol, helps your digestion and can get rid of nausea. It is useful during the early, feverish part of a cold or flu because it causes you to perspire, which in turn lowers your body temperature.
The menthol in peppermint also stops itching. For that reason, peppermint oil is used to soothe and refresh irritated skin.