|Last year's mint|
Mint - An Easy and Vigorous Plant
The joke about me and plants is "How long until you kill it?" There are many, many plants that I cannot grow. I am definitely not a green thumbed expert. There are a few plants that have done well in my gardens over the years, but not many.
Mint is a great plant for beginners and people who aren't good with plants either due to lack of skill or lack of time. It grows profusely. In fact, I think it is better suited to container gardening as mint is known to take over gardens if allowed. I seem to only have photographs of my mint as young plants. I will have to remember to take photos of how large and bushy they become over the summer. In the second photo, you can see where I have pinched off the top few leaves for use in a smoothie. It seems that the more I pinch, the better the plant grows.
My mint on my balcony is so hardy that when I've not watered my plants frequently enough, the other plants take some time to bounce back after I water them. If they bounce back at all. But the mint will turn from droopy and water-deprived to lush and upright almost before my eyes.
|This year's mint|
Mint - the Tasty Thirst Quencher
In the heat of summer, I'm thirsty but nothing quite quenches my thirst. Then I found that floating a few mint leaves in a glass of ice water not only tastes great, but takes care of that feeling of thirst. I moved from ice water with mint leaves to smoothies with mint leaves. Whether it is a green/fruit smoothing or a simple cucumber smoothie, they taste even better with mint added.
Reported Health Benefits of Mint
Mint reportedly soothes stomach aches. I have found this to be true. Mint is also reportedly also soothes skin irritation via topical applications as well as providing health benefits such as antioxidants. As I'm not a doctor, I don't know these things to be true. But I am very aware that when I am consuming smoothies, with mint, on a regular basis, I feel better physically.
Please do your own research about the health benefits of mint. Sites such as Medical News Today are easy to find and list those reported benefits with more detail.
Mint Smoothies are the Best!
I recently purchased a NutriBullet Pro, after my old blender completely wore out. I love the NutriBullet and you can read my review here. My favorite ingredient in smoothies is my mint. Depending on how much you use, the mint can give a subtle, refreshing bit of flavor or a BAM of strong minty freshness.
In fact. just talking about mint smoothies made me so thirsty for one that I paused while writing this in order to make one. Today's smoothie contains: a generous helping of mint, watermelon, a splash of orange juice, and a few spinach leaves.
For more recipes, uses, and how-to-grow mint directions (which is a little silly since it basically grows itself once introduced to dirt), I recommend that you search for mint on Amazon. Looking at that list reminds me of how important mint is in our lives. Mint chocolate, mints, mint colored clothing, mint extract, and mint lotions, soaps, and beauty aids.
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