The History of the Mint Plant


Mint is a versatile, easy to grow plant that has a strong place in history for its medicinal and culinary uses. It also has some important cultural significance in ancient cultures. Gardeners everywhere grow mint for ground cover and in-home use.

Roman Mythology

  • Mint makes its first appearance in history as part of Roman mythology. A nymph named Minthe was turned into a plant by the jealous goddess Persephone but given a sweet smell by the sympathetic god Pluto.

Greek Mythology

  • When Zeus and Hermes were traveling, an old couple offered them food and drink after cleaning the table with mint leaves. This led to the mint plant being revered as a symbol of hospitality in Greek tradition.

Mint in the 18th Century

  • In the 1700s mint was considered to be an important medicinal herb, appearing in remedies for everything from digestive disorders to headaches. Additionally, in the 18th century mint also began to make more appearances in foods and drinks.

Modern Uses

  • Today mint is a popular ingredient in beauty and bath products as well as salads, drinks and teas. Mint tea has gained some popularity as a mild diuretic and has a place in some weight loss regimens.

Grow Your Own

  • Mint will do well in most moderate climate gardens that have partial to full sun areas. It is important to plant mint in an easily containable area, as it will spread rapidly under favorable conditions.

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