Native River Mint (Mentha australis) is a relative of more common mint varieties such as peppermint and spearmint, exhibiting a smaller and more delicate plant structure. Both traditionally and more recently, River Mint was used as a flavourful bushfood and medicinal herb as well as a repellent against insects and rodents. When boiled in water it was used to relieve coughs and colds as well as acting as an effective treatment for fevers, headaches, digestive problems and other medical ailments. The delicate spearmint flavour lends the River Mint to being a perfect substitute for other types of mints and is a delicious addition to jellies, desserts, dressings or sauces.
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