Scents of Summer; Mint

mintProbably one of the more popular scents (and herbs) is mint. There are a multitude of mint types but the most popular are, peppermint, spearmint and chocolate mint. While it is considered an herb, it grows like a weed and will spread like crazy and impossible to get rid of once it takes root, so if you plant some, make sure it’s in a place that will allow it to spread as much as it wants.

Varieties of mint;

http://pantrygardenherbs.com/shop-for-organic-herbs/mint-varieties/mint-about-the-different-varieties/

 

Usages

The most common use for mint is as an herbal tea. You can use fresh or dried, either way is good. You can put mint in salads, in the water for steamed veggies, add some to home-made salad dressing, or freeze them in ice cubes.

http://www.examiner.com/article/30-ways-to-use-mint

http://www.motherearthliving.com/healthy-home/natural-cleaning/15-uses-for-mint-zmhz13mazmel.aspx#axzz37MLh1ttt

 

Plant Lore

In Greek mythology, the nymph Menthe captivated Pluto with her beauty. Understandably, Pluto’s wife didn’t approve and turned Menthe into a plant of little interest. Unable to reverse his wife’s spell, Pluto tried to make the punishment less cruel by giving Menthe a fresh scent and sweet flavor no one could resist. Today, although scorned by some for its rambunctious growth – so rambunctious, in fact, you may need to contain it – most gardeners find a place in their herb garden for this flavorful perennial.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

8 Responses to Scents of Summer; Mint

  1. I love my spearmint. It is an aggressive bugger, but it smells so good when you rip in out of the ground, and no matter how much you pull, there’s always more. One caveat. Let it bloom (bees love the blossoms) and the seeds will spread to unexpected places, and then it can really become an invader. Still, there are worse.

    • Aggressive is an understatement. I was told it liked to spread, but I really didn’t think mine would go as nuts as it did. I’m posting pictures Thursday of the garden.

  2. I love all the info. You give me the specifics and don’t make it long winded and confusing. So helpful! And I love the mythology. 😀

  3. DRC says:

    I didn’t know the greek mythology behind mint. Thanks for sharing that. We have a mint ‘bush’ in our garden. I’m not sure what variety it is though. I’ve not used it. Too scared because I don’t know what it is…lol

    • You should be able to tell just from the smell. I have peppermint and my mother has some chocolate mint. I wouldn’t mind some spearmint I just need to find a place to let it go crazy. 😀

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