It’s the springtime super plant! Mint, also known as menthe, supports a healthy digestive system while also livening up your favourite sweet and savoury recipes. So, in the spirit of spring, consider growing mint at home and then find new ways to incorporate it into your day-to-day.

To cultivate your own mint, try using cuttings from a healthy mint plant rather than planting seeds, which can be unreliable. Plant your cuttings deep in the ground or in a deep container with ample drainage in sun or partial shade. Keep in mind that mint is an excellent companion plant; it repels insects and attracts beneficial ones!

Use fresh mint leaves immediately. If you can’t, then place the stems down in a glass of water with a plastic bag covering the leaves. Mint kept in the fridge will last at least a week as long as you change the water every other day.

The many health benefits of mint include soothing the digestive tract and relieving upset stomach, cooling and soothing irritated skin, and helping eliminate toxins from the body. Crushed mint leaves can help keep teeth white and combat bad breath.

Refreshing Mint Tea (iced or hot)
Ingredients:
2 cups water
15 fresh mint leaves
1-2 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
1 cup ice (optional)
2 lemon slices (optional)
Fresh lemon juice (optional)

Directions:
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint leaves. Steep 3-5 minutes, depending on desired strength, then add sweetener if desired. Serve over ice in tall glasses or pour hot tea into mugs. Garnish with lemon slices or lemon juice to taste.