Mint: Not the Common Herb

    Mint is an herb that has many purposes and roles in culinary delight and functional gardening.  Mint can flavor beverages, assist with acute illness, protect in a garden and deter pests.  This blog piece shares the functions and benefits of mint.  

Mint: The Garden Delight

    Mint is a common perennial herb in gardens.  All mint is of the lamiaceae family and has square stems with serrated leaves. It is planted with kale, radish or cabbage in a garden; its presence protects other vegetable crops from pests (i.e. flea beetles and carrot root flies). This herb is invasive and aromatic. This common perennial herb is a garden delight in growing spaces.

Mint: Favorite of Beverages

Mint is a common herb within the beverage world.  It is an accessory to many drinks that we love to enjoy.  Mint is associated with hot chocolate and mochas. It also gives lemonade and mojitos a flavorful pop and is described as having a pungent flavor. This link provides drink recipes with mint. Mint is a common herb within the realm of beverages that compliments many beverages.


Mint: The Healer   

    Being a healer is another highlight of mint.  It is a medicinal herb that reduces nausea and congestion in the body. It relieves gas and headaches, with an aromatic smell the reduces depression.  Mint contains antioxidants that relieve many ailments. It is a medicinal herb of healing.

Jacqueline A. Smith is a sustainable urban food grower in Chicago..  She has a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. She is the owner and writer for GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting, Inc.  Jacqueline is also a member of the Black Oaks Sustainability Lab in Pembroke, IL and the Green Lots Project in Chicago’s Roseland community.   Learn more about her and GrowAsis at

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