What are the magical benefits of mint planted in raised garden beds?

The most common and popular cultivated mint families in our daily life are native mint, scotch mint, corn mint and apple mint. The mint family provides us with most of the common culinary herbs. They can be found in our garden plants, and throughout the summer they produce nectar-rich flowers that attract bees and beneficial pollinators, and occasionally hummingbirds. Besides beautifying your garden, mint plants have many other uses.

1. Food - Mint is an especially great culinary accompaniment, perfect for cutting into salads and sprinkling on fruit, or mixing it with basil and cilantro for a mint pesto. You can also make mint veggies by adding a few tablespoons of freshly chopped mint to peas, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, or zucchini.

2. Drinks - Freeze a few trays of strong mint tea, then use ice cubes to cool summer drinks. Add mint leaves or mint cubes to mojitos, iced tea, or fresh lemonade.

3. Tea - what we usually call "mint" is the traditional tea herb. Simply soak fresh mint leaves in boiling water for about five minutes and serve. This is a great digestive aid after dinner.

4. Relieve sunburn pain - Brew strong peppermint tea and refrigerate the mixture for a few hours. To use, gently apply to the burn area with a cotton pad.

5. Breath Freshener - Just chew on a few mint leaves, sage tea and extracts that have been used as mouthwashes for oral infections for centuries.

6. Air Freshener – Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite unscented cleaner to keep your home smelling fresh, or simply grab a cotton ball and tap the light bulb.

7. Sachets – tie together a few sprigs of fragrant mint, or pluck a handful of leaves and tuck them into the legs of an old nylon stocking. Hang them on a string in a bag of clothes, tuck them into a bag of stored wool clothes, or put them in a drawer to allow clothes to absorb odors. Refresh regularly to keep the scent fresh.

8. Repelling insects - When ants enter the kitchen in summer, put a few mints, crush lightly, and close to suspicious entry points, it can really play a role in repelling mosquitoes. You will need to replace the mint with fresh material every few days. Also, keep your pet away from fleas by filling a small pillow with fresh rehmannia and thyme and placing it next to your pet's bed.