Mint is a tasty plant that can be made into all kinds of goodies, while also being a powerful medicinal herb. There are also other plants that are in the mint family that grow without abandon such as lemon balm,bee balm, and catnip that can included in this discussion as well.
Here are 5 reasons to grow mint:
Mint Grows Well In The Shade
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.
Mint Can Only Move So Fast
The truth of the matter is that mint is a plant, and while it can and will most definitely spread, it takes some time for this to happen. I would steer clear of planting mint in or anywhere near your regular garden beds as it will eventually try and take over, but it’s a great plant for a rocky herb garden, a neglected corner of your yard, or a high traffic area.
Mint Is Good For Your Pets
Chickens love fresh herbs and mint is no exception. The best part is that it’s also great for them and their coop. It keeps bugs, flies, and parasites at bay, as well as being an antioxidant and digestive aid for your flock. Be sure to plant lots of mint (as well as other herbs) in and around the coop and run for chickens to munch on daily.
Mint Is Good Food
Of course, mint is an awesome culinary herb! Cut it from the garden without abandon to make all kinds of delicious treats. I particularly like to make an iced green tea with it.Turn it into mint pesto or add it to your favorite homemade cookies, brownies, or other desserts. Chop it up and add it to salads or use it as a garnish.
Mint Is Good Medicine
Mint is also an amazing medicinal herb. It is well known as a digestive aid and breath freshener, and is also good for an upset stomach. Peppermint is especially great for headaches, and the essential oil can be rubbed on the temples for relief. It can be helpful for seasonal allergies, and can also be added to body care products like salves and lip balms, soaps, shampoo bars and lotions.
Mint is a tasty plant that can be made into all kinds of goodies.