Minty Fresh

The many benefits of mint could keep you healthy this winter season.

This cooling herb that many grow simply in Summer gardens, can also be grown indoors in a pot for the Fall and Winter (Instructions below).

An aromatic herb that has long been used in mint candies, food and teas. The leaves of peppermint contain several essential oils, including menthol, mention and limonene. Menthol is the extract that provides the cooling effect.

Ayurvedic medical traditions have relied on mint to relieve digestive distress. The main health benefits you could enjoy this winter by brewing a cup of tea, or eating a peppermint infused treat, or diffusing the essential oil are:

  1. Reduced mid afternoon fatigue

  2. Relief with menstral cramps

  3. unclog sinuses

  4. Calm an upset stomach

  5. Decrease symptoms of seasonal allergies

  6. Diminish tension headaches and migraines

  7. Fight bacterial infections

Growing and planting mint indoors is easy. You can find mint growing indoors in a pot of soil or even in a bottle of water. For starters, you need a container with adequate drainage for healthy plant growth. Pot up your mint plant with a good potting mix, either a regular commercial type or one with equal amounts of sand, peat, and perlite mixed in. Water the mint plant well after planting and place it in an area with indirect light, preferably an east-facing window during spring and summer or a west- or south-facing one in fall and winter. You’ll also want to locate your mint plant in an area with an indoor temperature of around 65-70 F. (18-21 C.) during the day and 55-60 F. (13-15 C.) at night. If you wish to grow mint plants in water, simply take tip cuttings of about 5 to 6 inches in length from an established mint plant. Remove the bottom leaves and place the cuttings in a water-filled glass or bottle. Set this in a sunny window with at least four to six hours of light each day.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Growing Mint Inside: Information On Planting Mint Indoors more information on preparation or other questions you may have contact me!