It’s no secret I’m a fan of gardening. I have spoken passionately about vegan and organic gardening over on youtube and it has been so incredibly rewarding. The hot summer months prevented us from being outside as much as we would have liked but as it cools down, we are excited to reunite with mornings and evenings spent playing and gardening outside. We started growing mint last year and out of all our plants it has proven to be the most hardy.
Mint is one of those plants that people have a love-hate relationship with. Because of it’s tendency to take over, many people opt to go without it all together, but for those that chose this battle, they feel strongly about having it in their garden, and for good reason. Mint can not only be used a powerful medicinal herb, but it can be made into all kinds of goodies. Here are 5 reasons to grow mint, without the fear of it taking over your garden.
- Taste: Mint not only smells fantastic, but it tastes great in dishes and drinks alike. You can add it to salads, cooked vegetables, smoothies, juices, and more. Mint gives tea, cocktails and even lemonade a refreshing taste.
- Oral Care: Improving oral health is one of the well-known benefits of mint. That tingly feeling we associate with mint is due to the menthol compound found within the plant. Mint leaves are also packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties making it very popular in the common toothpaste. So, not only does it freshen your breath, but helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and decay.
- Digestion: Mint is known to soothe the stomach and aid in digestion. As the herb’s aroma stimulates salivary glands, digestive enzymes are released facilitating digestion.
- Headache Relief: Because of the aroma mentioned in digestion above, mint is a quick and effective remedy for headaches and nausea.
- Lazy Gardeners: One of the best parts about growing mint is that the plant is so aggressive. You can cut as much as you want without worry of harming it. I have done this several times (to tame the plant and to use) and it always come back quickly and more abundant. Mint is also one of the easiest herbs to grow, it can grow in the shade, and doesn’t require much water. Mint grows on a root system called runners (they sprout new plants and leaves along their roots as they grow), so even when you have accidentally left your mint plant for weeks at a time without water, rest assured, those runners are running rampant. Speaking from personal experience.
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