Mint

Mint

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The Egyptians used to touch mint to heal themselves, slip it into their pillows to help them sleep well and braid it into necklaces to soothe children's toothaches.

Mint is native to Europe but spread very quickly to all continents. There are around 69 species of mint, many of which are hybrids. The word mint comes from the Greek and has mythological roots. The story goes that mint resulted from a thwarted love affair between the god of the darkness, Hades, and Minthe, a nymph of the river of the Underworld. Jealous of this liaison, Persephone, Hades' wife, transformed Minthe into a plant: mint. All that remained of her was her fresh, minty scent.