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Posted on 12 May 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

History of Mint

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mint2By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The 650 varieties of mints have had a long history.

Pliny a naturalist in the first century A.D. believed that the smell of mint would stimulate the mind and appetite.

He suggested that the head be bound with a crown of mint to help heal the soul and mind.

Pliny, Hippocrates, and Aristotle viewed mint as an herb that would be contrary to procreation. The Greeks on the other hand forbade their soldiers to consume mint because they felt it would provoke a man to love and weaken his courage.

The Middle Ages saw the cultivation of mint for therapeutic uses grow. Wild mint or Spearmint was found in Great Britain in the 17th century.

Mint cultivation started in 1750 and spread to the continent in 1770. During this time period mint was viewed as a “great strengthener of the stomach” as described by the English herbalists Culpeper. In the 1880’s English herbalists and doctors created Family Dispensatory Chests. These chests were like modern day first aid kits and provided drugs and herbs for each village. One of the herbs in this first aid kit was mint.

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