Mint

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any other herb. Mint contains an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. Rosmarinic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties and has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint contains menthol, a natural decongestant used to break up mucus and relieve sore throats. The herb is also used to aid digestion and ease upset stomachs. When applied topically, mint has an effect of calming and cooling irritated skin.

History

Mint is named after a mythological Greek nymph named Minthe. According to legend, she was Pluto’s girlfriend. Pluto’s wife, Persephone became jealous and turned Minthe into a ground-clinging plant. Pluto was unable to change Minthe back into a nymph, so instead he gave her the ability to sweeten the air when her leaves and stems were crushed. In Ancient Athens, mint was a common scent used on different parts of the body and was most commonly used on the arms. During the 14th Century, mint was found in early versions of toothpaste and was used for whitening teeth.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Submerge fresh stems in a glass of water. Cover the entire glass with plastic wrap to prevent evaporation and refrigerate. Mint will keep for about one week.

How to Prepare

Rinse mint with cold water and let air dry, or pat dry with a paper towel. Pick the green leaves and discard the stems.

Ways to Enjoy

The leaves and stems of mint are harvested for a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. It has been used throughout history to treat stomach and digestion problems. Mint is used in beauty products such as foot scrubs, sugar scrubs, body butters, shaving creams, and much, much more. Mint can be enjoyed fresh or dried in salads, pestos, teas, jellies, ice creams, sherbets, glazes, or as a garnish. It is also used to freshen breath and can often be found in toothpaste.

Health Benefits

Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any other herb. Mint contains an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. Rosmarinic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties and has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint contains menthol, a natural decongestant used to break up mucus and relieve sore throats. The herb is also used to aid digestion and ease upset stomachs. When applied topically, mint has an effect of calming and cooling irritated skin.

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