EVOO Flavored with Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
First cultivated in London in 1750, peppermint has long been known for its effectiveness for indigestion, by calming the muscles of the digestive tract to alleviate intestinal gas and cramping (Dr. Tieraona Low Dog.)
In addition, it tastes great and, brewed in tea, it helps thin mucus, loosen phlegm, and soothe sore throats. Applied topically it takes the itch out of bug bites, eases muscle cramps, arthritis and headaches.
It is easily grown in gardens or in pots and leaves snipping can begin two or three weeks after plant is established. Needs plenty of water. (Tip: plant under hose faucet.)
To flavor EVOO, insert one or more fresh stems of peppermint in a glass bottle sterilized in advance by washing it in hot water and drying it in hot oven and add EVOO. Flavor will be noticeable after a couple of weeks. The more peppermint added, the stronger and more spicy the flavor of the condiment, so experiment to find your own taste. Should the flavor be to strong, transfer some EVOO in a different container, then add fresh extra virgin olive oil to the bottle containing the herb.
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