Mint

From spring through fall I grow a variety of herbs in my garden. Mint is one of my favorite, as well as the most prolific.

There are countless ways to use mint. I use it fresh whenever I can and dry several batches during the summer.

Not only is growing your own mint easy and fun, but using what you’ve grown is also deeply satisfying.

My tips:

  • Buy organic, non-GMO mint from a trusted nursery. It will grow happily in your garden, supplying you with aromatic, healthy mint leaves for years to come.
  • Mint will spread quickly and will be difficult to contain unless you create a barrier you can sink into the soil. Some gardeners grow mint in large pots above ground, some will sink pots into the ground. I find that landscaping edging works best in my yard. I can sink the edging into the ground deep enough to keep the mint from spreading.
  • Most varieties of mint will grow well in sun to part-sun. Many will also tolerate some shade. A few varieties may even require some protection from direct sun. So always check the growing requirements of the particular mint you purchased.

Mint is a sweet scented, aromatic herb that has a cooling, fresh flavor. It can be used in various ways and has many health benefits.

  • Great variety of nutrients
  • Many health-promoting properties
  • One of the highest anti-oxidant capacities

Mint contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium

Mint uses:

  • Tea
  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Desserts
  • Garnish
  • Water infusion
  • Breath freshener
  • Air freshener
  • Homemade Cleaning products
  • Personal care products

Valued for:

  • Fragrance
  • Medicinal benefits
  • Nutritional benefits

Mint helps:

  • Cold symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Pain relief
  • Fights fatigue
  • Mind
  • Skin
  • Sleep
  • Possible cancer-fighting properties

Mint Recipes:

Chilled Mint Tea

How to make a great cup of hot Mint Tea

How to make an authentic Southern Mint Julep.

How to make a cooling Mint Foot Scrub

More about Herbs

All About Herbs

Harvesting, Preserving, Storing Herbs

Preparing and Storing Dried Herbs Video

Coming up:

How to make minty non-toxic carpet freshener.

Sources:

Dr. Mercola

Dr. Axe

PubMed

Many benefits, even Cancer-fighting properties

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