Cool and refreshing, mint stimulates the senses and lifts the mood. According to Greek mythology, this aromatic herb once was the beautiful nymph Minthe, beloved by Pluto. Legend has it, Pluto’s jealous wife Persephone transformed Minthe into a low-growing plant. Pluto, however, made sure the herb would not be forgotten–he gave mint a delightfully sweet fragrance that is released whenever it is walked upon.
Today, we value mint not only for its fragrance, but also for its flavor and healing power. Mint is a welcome addition to many dishes and makes a refreshing tea used to aid digestion, treat colds and even cure hiccups. In cosmetic and bath products, mint is used as a skin soother, deodorizer and cleanser.
Here are several easy and refreshing mint beauty recipes to try. If you use dried mint, remember to reduce the amount: 1 tablespoon dried equals 3 tablespoons fresh.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons and Natural Beauty from the Garden, all published by Henry Holt and Company (New York).