Monday, April 12, 2010

Magical Mint ~

You know it's Spring when the MINT starts to take over the herb garden!!!

this hardy herb is one of my very favorite,
...although it is quite invasive...
( I generally pull out the 'volunteers' and gift them to my friends,
SO, if you'd like any, just ask...PLEASE!!!)
Mint is known for many properties, and especially for baking or cooking...
but, did you know that if you're in the garden, being bothered by the little flying
"no-see-ums" that tend to make a bee-line for our eyes,
take a sprig of mint and tuck it behind your ear...
it is great for deterring those little buggers!

(I have been known to put it behind both ears whilst weeding~
...yes, I may look like the Green Maiden,
but let me tell ya it works like a charm)
here are some other facts about mint:
Masculine, Mercury or Venus, Air.

Magical attributes:
Money, healing, strength, augment power, luck, travel.

~Mint in tea form aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups.

~Inhalations of the leaves in boiling water is recommended for head colds and asthma.

~Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches.

~Nervous headaches can be relieved
if you lie in a dark room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead.

~Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems.

~An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic.

~Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins,
headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue....

so, the next time you are cursing the abundance of mint
that has over-taken your garden paths,
instead of yanking it out & throwing it away,

...take the time to thank it for all it's help!!

Blessed be!


Carin said...

Yes mint is indeed a wonderful herb. Did you now that when you have cramp you can use mint too.
And for the headaches I always use pepermint oil. Just put a little drop on both sides of my forehead and the headache go's away.
To bad I don't life in your neighborhood, because then I sure was going to come for some mint :)

Diva Kreszl said...

mint is definitely one of my favorites, I use mine to make refreshing tea! actually I use it for all sorts of things but have not tried it to deter those pesky gnats, I shall try that for sure :)

Constance said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks for the tip on the no-see-ems, they are such pests. I will definately try the mint. It's good to visit Midnight Farm again. I love the new look.
Be Blessed,

William Bezek said...

Mint tea rocks! I make huge jugs of it all summer with my mint and a big spoon of honey...that's all you need.

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