Care of Ashley Sauve
Certain flavours are associated with different times of the year and fresh mint was definitely made for spring. However, there is no need to ignore this miraculous herb the rest of the year! If the refreshing flavour isn’t reason enough, mint also offers a variety of health benefits and comes in handy on a date!
Historically, mint has been used to treat stomach pain, heartburn, skin burns and even the common cold. Mint is also a good source of manganese, which helps produce healthy bones and skin, as well as copper and vitamin C, which both prevent anemia when eaten with iron rich foods. Pretty impressive for a little leaf!
Mint also has a romantic past! According to Greek mythology Hades, God of the Underworld, fell madly in love with a nymph named Minthe. Hades’ wife became so jealous she transformed little Minthe into a small shrub, hoping those passing by would trample her. Hades could not reverse this curse, so he gave Minthe a strong, sweet fragrance so he could always smell her nearby.
Today, mint stays romantic by freshening breath after a stinky meal—making for a much sweeter goodnight kiss!
You might already know that mint can be used as a decongestant, but did you know that because of its antibacterial properties, it can be used as a treatment to prevent infection in small cuts and scrapes? Leaves can also be crushed up with coconut oil and applied topically to relieve headache and migraine pain. Also, sufferers of irritable bowl syndrome may find relief from steeping the leaves in hot water and enjoying as a tea.
Try giving the little leaf a spot in your garden this year! Enjoy it in desserts, beverages, cocktails and even savoury dishes!