Miraculous Mint

by Elysian Magazine

Mint is fragrant, green, leafy, and resilient. Rich in nutrients and vitamin A, it is critical for eye health and can improve night vision. It is a good source of antioxidants, protecting your body from free radicals and cellular damage.

Mint is a muscle relaxant. Called the “calming herb,” it has been used for thousands of years to soothe an upset stomach, indigestion, and acid reflux and can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome. It enhances weight loss, thwarts depression, alleviates fatigue, and eases headache.

Mint is used to treat asthma and bronchial disorders. Because it soothes, it is excellent for facial blemishes. Mint is used to treat memory loss and improve brain function.

Mint is easy to grow but it’s greedy and spreads aggressively so give it plenty of room. At maturity, plants are 12-18-inches tall and 18-24-inches wide. You can buy mint online or at your local nursery. Plant outdoors in the spring after frost has passed. In summer, white or purple flowers bloom and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators (so if you are allergic to bee stings, have your epi-pen with you.) Mint grows quickly and comes back every year but beware, it is toxic to animals if ingested.

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