Mint-healing herbs & spices for your kitchen

Ninth on our list of herbs and spices is mint of which there are several varieties. The flavour of mint is appreciated in many cultures, not just the English with their mint sauce, as the French sometimes like to suggest. Mint I think has a wonderful cleansing note and is also a suitable foil for hot dishes.  I f you grow mint contain it in a tub or pot, for all types of mint have a creeping root system that can become invasive.

9. MINT – Herbalists the world over use mint, as a premier stomach tonic, to counteract nausea and vomiting, promote digestion, calm stomach muscle spasms, relieve flatulence, and ease hiccups. Menthol, the aromatic oil in peppermint, also relaxes the airways and fights bacteria and viruses. Menthol interferes with the sensation from pain receptors, thus it may be useful in reducing headache pain. Scientific evidence suggests that peppermint can kill many kinds of micro-organisms, and may boost mental alertness. In one study, people who inhaled menthol said they felt as if it relieved their nasal congestion, although it didn’t increase their measurable airflow.

Mint goes with: bean shoots, carrots, chick peas, chillies, coriander, cracked wheat, cucumber, fish sauce, garlic, gin, lamb, lemongrass, lemons, limes, melons, parsley, peas, pork, potatoes, prawns, rice noodles, tea, tomatoes, yoghurt.


7 thoughts on “Mint-healing herbs & spices for your kitchen

  1. DragonBoy

    Hey, hey….. wotcha **crazy wave**  Can’t resist an invite to write stupid comments on another persons blog (which they inevitably end up being) so apologies in advance  😀
    Y’see, i’m feeling a little bit bad at the moment because you have such a great site, and your comment was so nice, that literally the first thing I’m going to say is that i’m not a huge coffee drinker…. in fact I don’t drink coffee at all…. it sends me all wibbly-wobbly and I start to shudder and my eyes feel like they’re trying to meet each other.  For normal people, that would mean just going cross-eyed… for me, my eyes are trying to meet each other by going on a road-trip to my feet…. it’s quite an unpleasant feeling.
    Therefore… and again apologies for just putting this ‘out there’ on my first visit, i wondered if you would consider extending your site a little and having a separate section for me…  kinda like a non-smoking section except it would be for non-coffee drinkers.  i have taken the trouble to come up with a few names that you may want to consider…
    1.  Tea with Tabatha
    2.  Strawberry Smoothies with Samantha
    3.  Hot Choc with Helen
    4.  Beer with Bertha
    5.  Southern Comfort & Coke with Susie
    Oh… I forgot to mention that you’ll have to change your as well.
    So, thanks again for the invite.  I’ll definitely be back unless a) you take out a restraining order, b) you go private, c) you close down your site, move to a completely different country and change your name….
    DB  ***crazy wave***

  2. Kenneth

    Good day to you Kate.
                                       Mmmmmm………  lamb cutlets and mint, simply wonderful, I am on my way to Morrisons to purchase said cutlets.
    Mental alertness…Mmmm.  I do’nt know about that one, had something of a knees up yesterday, head like a bucket today.  
                                               A smile is worth a mint. 🙂

  3. Suki x

    Hello Kate I am really enjoying your searies on herbs, I have a small patch of garden by the back door that I wont to turn into a raised bed in which to grow herbs, meanwhile the Garlic, chives,Rosemary, thyme and lavender are all doing well and the basil is on its way
    The healing aspect of it is very interesting I used to give the children ginger biscuites in the car to stop them feeling sick and it worked
    always enjoy your bloggs
    Love Suki x

  4. ♥ Aimee

    i love mint chocolate…does that count??
    :o) smiles are contagious…so pass one to people that you love and those you don’t…and soon everyone will be smiling… :o)

  5. swamp

    Morning Kate. Mint is one of my favourites, especially on potatoes, and veg. Probably one of the easiest of plants to grow; especially to introduce children to the wonders of gardening. Spreads like mad, and like you say, best contained somewhere, like a big pot.
    Nice coffee this morning.
    Have a relaxing Friday.

  6. Kenneth

    Goooooooooood  morning Kate.
                                                         Could I have a mint tea this morning please ?  not that i dislike your coffee, just feel like trying something different,  variety..e.c.t.   
    Peace, love and coffee with Kate, what more could a man wish for.?

  7. me

    mint is cool too lol. where would we be without it in our toothpaste 🙂 never heard of it for headaches though, so maybe will give it a try. Reminds me of my first garden, the stuff grew everywhere (would have helped if i’d gardened lol) i can still remember the smell of it now. Glad i have no garden now, but sometimes the smell takes me back.
    enjoying my mint tea by the way. next time i’ll try the latte.


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