Peppermint essential oil has held a prominent role throughout known human history. The Mentha family of mints are very common. They grow easily in dark, wet places, often in the shade of other plants. They can be considered invasive for some crops, as they will quickly and easily overgrow an area. They are hardy plants and easily cross-breed, as well as easily split into sub-groups. This makes them very adaptable, with a large number of hybrids. Peppermint is one of the oldest hybrids, a cross between watermint and spearmint that happened naturally in the wild.
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