Let’s take a closer look at the Mint Family!
Lamiaceae – The Mint Family
Leaves: Square stems with opposite or whorled leaves
Flowers: Tubular flowers that are bilabiate (two-lipped)
Stamens: Generally, two or four uneven stamens
Food and Medicine
There are so many helpful plants in the mint family used for aromatherapy, medicine, and delicious culinary spices. When used medicinally, aromatic plants like peppermint are helpful for supporting the digestive system with carminitive action, while others like skullcap, lavender, and lemon balm offer calming effects through a variety of actions. Many of these herbs can be made into a tasty medicinal tea or tincture, and the especially aromatic ones can also be distilled to produce essential oil.
As for food, who can imagine a spice rack without rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme?
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