Mint act as natural repellents and keep spiders, ants and all other insects away from your home. The soul-destroying sound of that annoying ‘bzzzz’ flying past you, most of the times it is impossible to find out which insect it is and if you should be worried about scratching yourself in bed after a bug bite! Many commercial bug repellents contain from 5% to 25% of the toxic DEET, which can lead to seizures, hypotension and bradycardia if absorbed in high amounts by children. mosquito's
2. Grow in water
Growing peppermint in water is easy; just put fresh cuttings in water to grow new plants.
Start with a small jar or other glass which can fit into a Herbster, as the jar will be inside of the Herbster, the roots will not be in direct sunlight and therefore have the perfect conditions for growing in water. Narrow-mouthed containers have an advantage: they can support the cuttings and keep them nearly upright. However, the mouth of the container shouldn’t be too narrow or tight-fitting around the cutting. The roots have to breathe, and the mouth of the container should allow free movement of air. The best part of growing herbs in water from cuttings is that you can use the ones you get from the supermarket. Just wash them in plain water and cut off the lower portion. Remove lower leaves from cuttings and trim the lower tips close to the nodes from where the roots arise. When they are inserted into the bottles, there shouldn’t be any leaves touching the water. They can rot easily and spoil the water, as they do in flower vases. Change the water once a week without disturbing the cuttings. Once the roots start growing, usually between 2-6 weeks, water changes may not be necessary.
3. You can completely ignore mint and it will still grow
Let your mint go and do it’s thing, then come and take from it as much as you want, and it will still thrive. Don’t worry about watering it as it will do fine without water for a few days. Really, it will grow without any inputs. It’s a great plant for lazy gardeners and can't go wrong!
4. The easiest plant to grow
Literally, you can grow mint from seed or buy a plant in your supermarket and keep it in the Herbster tube in your kitchen for use in food or just infused water. If grown in soil, the plant only need a bit of water and unlike normal herbs it does not need water everyday, the plant will be fine and get back to health if it tries out a bit.
If there is a shady area of your yard that you have trouble growing things in, try planting mint. While it prefers full sun, it can tolerate some shade, and it will probably keep it from spreading as quickly. Regardless, I would still take the necessary precautions so that you don’t get a complete mint takeover (unless that’s what you want, of course).
5. Easy to preserve
If you have had mint for a long time or the mint plant is about to die out, you can easily preserve and dry the mint and use it for a nice cup of homemade organic tea. Cut the stems about an inch above the soil line with pruning shears or a sharp knife. Remove and discard any leaves that are damaged or withered. If you prefer, gather individual leaves from the plants instead of the entire stem.
6. Homemade tea or infused water
With a mint plant in your home you can always make yourself a fresh cup of mint tea! Simply cut of a stem, put it in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Leave the mint stem in the cup when drinking it for a fresh, hot and comfy drink at home. Many of us know that we are suppose to drink around 1.5 - 2 liters of water a day, most of us don't as it is a lot of water for one day! Cut a stem of your mint and leave it in a big bottle of water overnight, add a bit of lemon for taste and you have infused water to consume over a day.
7. Health benefits of mint
Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. Also, if you are someone who travels long distances via plane or boat, the menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness. The aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. These attributes are why mint is extensively used in the culinary arts. Much of the western world includes mint as a part of appetizers or as an element of palate cleansers, to be eaten before the main course so the food will digest comfortably.
Mint leaves, especially freshly crushed leaves help you deal with nausea and headache. The strong and refreshing aroma of mint is a quick and effective remedy for nausea. Use mint oil or any other product having mint flavor and your stomach issues will be alleviated. In fact, many people keep menthol oil or mint-flavored products with them at all time to avoid nausea. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose, gives quick relief in case of headache. The herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.
8. Nutrients, minerals and vitamins
For 100 g. of mint based on the daily recommendations you'll get:
Dietary fiber 27%
Vitamin A 81%
Vitamin B6 8%
Vitamin C 22%
9. Mint in food
Mint is fantastic in food and really gives a fresh touch to heavy meals. Especially Indian cuisine make use of mint for their salty foods. A small leaf of mint to top of a dessert is well known, both for the looks and the taste. Or simply just use it on yogurt! Mint can be used for all meals to add a different and fresh taste.
10.Mint tastes fantastic, is easy to grow, harvest, use and is good for you!