You could find mint in over 30 varieties including spearmint, peppermint, mountain mint, lemon mint, apple mint and chocolate mint.
Mint leaves are used in teas, beverages, smoothies, cookies, candy, chocolate and ice cream. Mint is also used in mouthwash, breath fresheners, toothpaste and chewing gum.
How to make mint tea
To make fresh mint tea, pick fresh leaves and steep in hot water for ten minutes before drinking. Always use honey to sweeten your tea, do not use sugar! Apart from the great taste you'd like to have after dinner, mint tea is used to stop stomachache and indigestion. It is a digestive tonic that helps prevent vomiting and promotes bile flow, so good in pregnancy. Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, promotes sweating, increases urine flow and cools the internal organs.
I know you use your wheat bags, but mint also is useful as a compress on inflamed joints and painful muscles.
The essential oil of mint is good for bug bites, stings and other itchy skin irritations. The mint oil may also be used as a mosquito repellant.
Mint essential oil is also used in massage for relieving tension
headaches, fevers and menstrual cramps (always dilute with carrier oil before using in massage).
Mint is a fast growing perennial that spreads by underground runners. Mint grows well in pots or other out-of-the-way areas such as along fence lines.
Mints make good companion plants, repelling insect pests and attracting
MInt drink recipe
A few slices of cucumber, a bit of sugar, a few leaves of mint and a blast of soda make a refreshing, homemade soda pop.
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