Mint: The aromatic herb in your own garden

Mint: The aromatic herb in your own garden

Mints are like many other spice and medicinal plants to the labiates. As perennial shrubs they are found in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, in South Africa and Australia. Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.

In addition to the well-known peppermint with its typical aroma is found in nurseries and garden centers a number of other species, such as the spearmint. It contains less menthol than peppermint and is reminiscent of cumin. The apple mint, on the other hand, smells of fresh apples, while the orange mint spreads a scent of orange blossom. The range also includes pineapple mint, Mexican mint or spearmint. The latter gives especially the chewing gum the taste.

 

Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Warm and moist
Mint grows almost in all garden soils and are less demanding in terms of climatic conditions. They prefer a moist soil and should therefore be supplied with water regularly during extended periods of drought. But beware: waterlogging does not tolerate these plants.

The spice and medicinal herb also thrives in partially shaded locations. In warm places, however, the mint develops particularly many fragrant ingredients. Anyone who pulls the mint on the balcony requires at least a 60 cm large flower box, in which at most two to three mints are planted. For planting ordinary potting soil is suitable.

Enough distance
Since the mint is a fast-growing plant and spreads extensively in the garden by foothills, it should be placed in the garden bed with a distance of 40 to 50 cm. It is worthwhile to incorporate previously mature compost or good manure in the soil. After about three years, the mints are dug up, divided and transplanted.

From June to flowering is harvest time. Depending on requirements, individual leaves can be plucked off. The plant can also be cut off about ten centimeters above the ground as a whole. The plant parts are fresh or dried, for seasoning or as tea use. For drying, the mints are tied together into small bunches and hung upside down in an airy, dry place. As the plants bloom, the content of oils and other ingredients decreases. The harvest should therefore take place before the actual flowering time.

An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
Healing effect
The leaves of the mints contain ethereal oils and menthol as well as tannins and bitter substances as well as peperic acid. The healing power of mints has been known for a long time. They have a disinfecting, calming, cooling and antispasmodic effect. An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area. Mint tea also relieves spasms of the digestive organs, stimulates the digestive juices and especially on the bile. A steam bath with mint tea for colds, pharynx and bronchial catarrh has a very favorable effect.

Peppermint oil is used as an antiseptic for skin problems as it is a wonderful cleanser for the skin. The mind can help heal infections and itching, therefore, it is an effective remedy for acne or all kinds of discomfort on the skin.

Peppermint also has an anti-itch effect, which gives a pleasant feeling of refreshment, which is why it is often used to treat insect bites on the skin such as mosquitoes and fleas. Mint immediately reduces itching and reduces the size of the lesions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

All it takes is to breathe in a little mint flavor or put a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser to feel how we charge energy. Peppermint increases the functioning of our brain and makes it more alert and concentrated; It helps in fatigue, tiredness and even depression.

A good way to use these properties is to put a few drops of mint on your pillow and let our body recover while sleeping.

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