Scientifically known as Mentha, Mint is not only very tasty and versatile but also has several health benefits.

It can not only cure an upset stomach, ease your headache or respiratory orders like congestion of nose, throat or lungs, but can also be used for insect bites or as a flea repellent for your pet.

Mint can easily be grown in your own garden. All you need to do is get a cutting from a friend or buy a plant in a nursery as mint doesn’t necessarily reproduce from seed. As a ground cover it requires some space but can also be planted in a container if you don’t want it to take over your garden. And mint not only attracts beneficial insects but also repels the ones you don’t want to see in your garden.

You can harvest mint any time of the year. If you don’t use your mint leaves straight away, you can store them in the fridge for a few days or dry them.

In the kitchen you can easily revamp vegetables like peas, carrots, cauliflower or green beans by adding some fresh or dried mint during the last few minutes of cooking. It can be used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks or as a tea.

Or why don’t you add a finely chopped mint leaves to your chocolate chip cookie dough for a special taste.

You can also sprinkle a few drops of mint essential oil on your pillow for a good night sleep and a refreshed start of your day.

Did you know that about 18 species of mint exist? So why not plant different ones in your garden?

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