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In the Reveres' era, mothers often served as the family doctor. While they could not cure a disease like smallpox, they could provide temporary relief from minor ailments.

When children long ago suffered from a headache or stomachache, mothers often prepared a cup of soothing tea from mint leaves. You can grow mint yourself in a pot or in your yard. In spring most garden centers, and even many hardware stores, carry mint seeds. Follow the directions for planting on the packet. Once you have a crop of mint, you are ready to prepare yourself a cup of medicinal tea! Rinse seven or eight leaves under cold water to remove any dirt. Shred the leaves and place them in a teapot. Add boiling water. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then enjoy the refreshing flavor. Have a sip when you have an upset stomach and see if the mint helps ease the pain.

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