Mint is an herbaceous plant of the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of cultivated varieties including sweet mint, peppermint and spearmint.
Mint is native to Asia, but has long been cultivated all over the world due to the aromatic essences present throughout the plant, especially in the leaves. Mint is tolerant of very different climatic conditions, as long as it's well watered. In cold climates mint will survive through its roots, which only die if the soil freezes completely.
Mint is used in the preparation of salads and smoothies and has several medicinal properties, many of them unknown. The benefits of mint can range from a relaxing effect to the recovery and treatment of burns. Juice can be consumed on and off meals, or can be applied to the skin.
The properties of mint are also sought in aromatherapy to aid with physical and mental relaxation. Mint can be added to tea or bath water (in lukewarm water) as a way to combat stress.
Use / Conservation
Mint is used in cooking as a seasoning, as a flavoring in certain food products or for the extraction of its essential oil. Mint is one of the most used plants in the world, being used as a medicinal plant or is simply grown as an ornamental plant. Among the many benefits of mint, it is remarkable to be a stimulant of the stomach and a carminative. Mint can aid with digestion and flatulence and it is also used in palpitations and nervous tremors, vomiting, uterine colic and is useful in bronchial catarrh, facilitating expectoration. Mint tea is also used as a tranquilizer. In general, the essential oil or an infusion of the leaves is used.
How to Grow
Mint is a plant resistant to high and low temperatures, but does not tolerate frost, requiring a minimum temperature of 5? C to ensure its vitality. Black or yellow leaves that appear at the base of mint are natural, since there is a lack of light in the center of the plant, from a certain height.
Peppermint grows best under wet conditions. The plant must be watered constantly, but it is also very important that the roots do not become flooded, as they can rot. As you grow, you must remove the tallest leaves and stems so that the light reaches the other growing leaves.
Do you know
If the mint leaves begin to wilt, soak them in very cold water for a few minutes. They will grow lighter.
Due to the refreshing aroma and flavor, the spearmint is used in the production of cosmetics.
The Arabs believed that the mint was a sacred herb and used it to clean the tables and the floor at banquets, as the perfume would stimulate the appetites of the guests.