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Mint is a plant found in many of the Pagès herbal infusions and teas.

Mint, a plant with a rich history, beneficial properties and a fresh taste so characteristic

 

ORIGINS OF MINT

Mint, under its general name because it is present in many varieties, was known and appreciated by the Ancients. The Assyrians and Babylonians used it to fight laziness and the Hebrews as a stimulant. Dioscorides used it for stomach weakness.

In the 19th century, Trousseau recommended it not only against vomiting, but also against incoherent coughing quinteuses. But its virtues are not only digestive and antispasmodic. If Hippocrates and Aristotle considered it anaphrodisiac, Dioscorides and Matthiole thought the opposite. Leclerc, along with others, considered Mint to be a stimulant "very suitable for love games".

Several legends mention the Mint. In Greek mythology, it is said that Hades, god of darkness, courted Minthé, a nymph (female divinity of inner rank). His wife Persephone, jealous of this adulterous relationship, transformed the nymph into a Mint plant! Hades unable to bring Minthé back to life, gave it its perfume.

Mint is a plant that has been used for centuries. Some plants have been found in the tomb of an illustrious Egyptian, dating back to the year -1000. This perennial plant has been cultivated by many civilizations for its virtues.

The Hebrews used Mint to make a sacred beverage. The Pharisees obviously paid a tithe on the Mint. The Roman people, for their part, flavoured their wine with Mint and added it to almost all their culinary sauces. It is even said that Roman women crushed Mint to make a kind of paste, mixed it with Honey and chewed it all day long, to get good breath.

It is said that the Greek people considered Mint as an aphrodisiac and prohibited soldiers from consuming it. Its power was such that if the Greek soldiers allowed themselves to eat even a little bit of it, they would lose all their means in battle and would want to "make love, not war".

For the Chinese peoples of the South, Mint had other meanings: for example, it purified blood and eliminated toxins from the body of the person who ate it. The same people used Mint in the culinary art, to make a medicinal soup (made from Mint leaves cooked in a slightly salted water broth) that is still very traditional today.

More generally in Antiquity, the Mint had an almost magical symbolism, it is said that it could cure the evils of the soul, give courage, help beneficial actions to be realized, etc..

 

MINT CHARACTERISTICS

Name: Mentha spicata
Family: Lamiaceae
Species: Perennial plant

Mint is a perennial plant native to Europe. It can now be found all over the world. There are about 69 species of Mint, many of which are hybridized. Among these species are more than 600 varieties of Mint. The best known being the Aquatic Mint (Mentha aquatica), Fields Mint (Mentha canadensis), Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata), Deer Mint (Mint Cervina), Horse Mint (Mentha longifolia), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Pepper Mint (Mentha piperita) and Corsican Mint (Mentha requienii).

Mint is a perennial herbaceous plant known and appreciated for its aromatic qualities. It has also been used since ancient times for its virtues. It is easy to grow, as long as it has moist soil and regular sunshine. It can even become invasive in a garden where it pleases! The whole plant spreads an aromatic and penetrating scent.

 

USES OF MINT

Mint is an excellent condiment, chopped raw in salads or in various dishes. It can also be used to flavour creams, custards, fruit salads and drinks. Mint essential oil and menthol are widely used in pharmaceuticals, perfumery, confectionery and the liquor industry.

Mint is a plant with fresh and thirst-quenching notes, used in cooking, it gives a very characteristic taste to dishes. Aromate of choice, Mint is an interesting culinary ally, making it easy to make original recipes.

Mint is also found in slimming cures. Its virtues promoting digestion justify its presence in products of this type. However, Mint should be seen as an ally to detoxify the body, not as a slimming active ingredient.

Mint has very intense refreshing flavours. It is therefore often found in product compositions to keep breath fresh.

Mint leaves can be consumed in hot or cold drinks. Indeed, the famous Mojito alcoholic cocktail is no longer a Mojito without Mint! Similarly, Mint is often found in hot beverages such as herbal infusions and teas. Its multiple beneficial virtues and its characteristic taste justify its use on this type of consumption.

 

BENEFITS OF MINT

All the authors agree that Mint has particular properties as a digestive tract stimulant. It has a reputation for being cordial, invigorating and exciting. It is also antispasmodic and analgesic.

It is said to be able to increase bile production and, thanks to the menthol that is strongly present in the plant, is a good antiseptic. It is also recommended for painful digestion, nausea and vomiting. It visibly helps to fight against stomach and intestinal pain, gastrointestinal poisoning, aerophagia, bloating, etc. This information is validated by ESCOP. It also recommends distilled Mint essential oil in case of digestive disorders, coughs and colds.

For external use, Mint essential oil is recommended to manage tension problems. The infusion of the plant is known to help fight migraines and facial neuralgia. It can also be beneficial against bad breath, stomatitis or gingivitis.

Other perfumed plants are often mixed, such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, etc. These associations of plants are found in the use of fortifying and aromatic baths.

 

You can find Mint in many of our Pagès creations. The organic herbal infusion "After-Meal Lemon" with Lemon, Mint and Lemon Balm is a drink as beneficial as it is delicious. Its refreshing and light taste is ideal for after-meal consumption. The "Mint Lemon" organic iced herbal infusion is a tasty herbal tea made with organic plants, fruits and natural flavours. It is specially designed for cold infusion. It is perfect for a refreshing and non-caloric break. The "Mint" organic herbal infusion is made from 100% Spearmint. This creation with its very fresh sensation and intense flavour can help digestion. The organic "Flat belly" herbal infusion combines Spearmint, Mallow and Blackcurrant for a fresh drink, ideal to regain a feeling of lightness.