Peppermint is a herbaceous plant that grows in moist, shaded conditions particularly around the banks of streams. It has a long history of medicinal use as it relaxes the muscles in the digestive system helping with indigestion, stomach cramps and upsets. Many sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome report reduction in their symptoms after using it. The oil is also used in aromatherapy and is an ingredient in many teas and infusions. Peppermint is used to flavour confectionery and ice cream as well as tooth paste, mouthwash and chewing gum and is in a variety of hair and beauty products.