garden & Outdoors

THE MAGICAL MINT FAMILY

Basil, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Lavender and Sage are all just a few members of the Lamiaceae Family. It’s large family with 3500 species.  Most are easy to grow with amazing culinary and medicinal uses. Mint family can be invasive which is why I like to keep mine potted. 

 Not all members of the mint family are herbs. Some, like coleus, are decorative and others like, Chia, are used for seeds. Plant yourself some herbs and don’t forget to plant your cat a little catnip (also part of the mint family.)

*Not all herbs are great for everyone.  Please do your research and consult your doctor if you take medications or have any conditions. Some herbs interfere with medications and conditions.

 

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mint

Mint is a delicious little herb that is great for more than Mojitos. Mint is a perennial that can be invasive. Keep it in a pot and don’t overdo the fertilizer. Make sure your pot has drainage, it’s in a sunny spot, and water it frequently.

  • Mint keeps bugs away.  Do you have ants every spring?  I kept in indoor pot by my kitchen window and one outside. Last year I had no ants. 
  • Make a magical mint sun tea. Add a handful (or  more) of  fresh chopped mint to your sun tea. Let it sit for a good 24 hours. 
  • Mint has many medicinal purposes. It’s high in antioxidants and can help relieve congestion, stress and  headaches. 
  •  Headache or muscle pain? Try a peppermint essential oil. 
  • Looking to drop a few pounds. Mint is a natural appetite suppressant.
  • Mint is a  tasty little miracle.

Oregano

  • Oregano oil can help treat athletes foot, ring worm, and insect bites 
  • Oregano is a natural antibiotic
  • Great for respiratory ailments
  • Chickens love oregano.
  • It’s a great pollinator

Basil

Basil is my favorite herb of all.  If you know someone who doesn’t like basil then should immediately evaluate your friendship. 

  • Basil has eugenol which may reduce blood pressure.
  • Plant in pots, or beds, making sure it has proper drainage. Watered but not drowning. Space properly or it may get a fungus.
  • Plant in full to partial sun. 
  •  Use in pesto, sauces, soup, salads…endless possibilities.
  • Basil is a member of the mint family. Has many anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Try a basil essential oil if you need to calm down

tHYME

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • High in manganese, and Vitamins C & A
  • Antiseptic
  • Boosts energy and immunity
  • Add to tea if you feel a cold coming on.

Lemon balm

  • Helps you relax. Drink some lemon  balm tea before you go to bed
  • Helps relieve bloating and gas
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Throw some in your pesto and other dishes.
  •  Not invasive like mint. Plant in well drained soil, with sun to partial shade. Don’t overdo the water
  • Attracts butterflies.
  • An essential oil that promotes calming.
 

Rosemary

  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Help memory and give your brain a boost
  • Improve circulation
  • Rosemary oil is used to help with hair loss
  • Relieve  arthritis pain
  •  Can be a challenge to grow from seeds. Don’t overwater your Rosemary.