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Herbs have been used since ancient times for their health promoting properties. Records show that the use of mint goes back as far as the Old Testament and the Egyptians. Today, most people associate mint with toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy canes, but mint has so many other uses. Its sweet, fresh qualities has many medicinal and therapeutic benefits as well as culinary and household uses.
At Peppermint Jim’s and Crosby Mint Farms we grow two varieties of true mints: Mentha Piperita, or peppermint, which produces a high concentration of menthol in its leaves; and Mentha Spicata, or spearmint, which produces a large amount of camphor, often seen as an active ingredient in over the counter ointments and rubs. Mint is a perennial and propagates through its root stock, not from seed. The delicate purple flowers it produces are popular among bees, though. We are proud to say that we grow a root stock that is over 60 years old and has stood the test of time. Not all mints produce oils. As far as we know, there are over 2800 different varieties of mint in the world. As a true mint the bottom of each leave has glands and those, when matured, contain the essential oil. This is what we harvest when we cut the mint for oil distillation.
A true essential oil is not blended with alcohol or synthetics, therefore should have a very long shelf life. An essential oil is the essence of the plant, gently extracted through steam distillation and with no use of chemicals.
Peppermint and Spearmint Oils are known to be:
Historically, the uses for mint oils are extensive. Peppermint has uplifting, energizing and cooling properties and has been known to relieve indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, gingivitis, toothache, skin irritations, nausea, diarrhea, colds and respiratory issues, headaches, IBS and cramps.
Spearmint is known for its soothing, calming and warm properties and has been known to relieve stomach upset, colic, aches and pains, inflammation (especially in muscles and joints).
All around the world, mint’s versatility makes it a popular herb in the kitchen. In baking, candy making, drinks, salads, dressings and sauces the possibilities are extensive. Spice up your steamed vegetables or add mint leaves to boiled potatoes or rice in place of parsley, put mint leaves (or oil) in ice cubes for a little zing in your ice tea or lemonade and of course, mint is a great companion with lamb and tuna as well as chocolate and ice cream. (See our Recipe tab for further ideas on how to use mint in your kitchen.)
Besides its uplifting scent, mint also has many household uses such as an air freshener, pest control and deodorizer. You can make your own air fresheners or potpourri using mint oil or mint leaves. To repel ants and rodents simply drop a few drops of Peppermint or Spearmint oil to a cotton ball and place where the ants, spiders or mice are coming into your home. Mint is also used to repel aphids, flies, gnats, lice and moths! You can add a few drops of mint oil to your mop water, laundry softener or dishwasher to help against mold or odors.
At Peppermint Jim and Crosby Mint Farms we work hard to bring you the best mint essential oils, mint products and fresh mint. Because we work closely with Mother Nature, small difference in batches may occur, resulting in slight variations in scent, color and feel. This is due to rain, sunshine, temperatures and overall weather conditions, but does not affect the effectiveness of the oils.
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