Growing mountain mint is a good way to begin your herb garden. It is also known as wild basil and wild mint. There are 20 different type and they all grow naturally in the United States. This herb is also known as Pycnanthemum and has a spicy mint flavor which might be hot in your mouth. It is good for cooking and for herbal tea.
The growing mountain mint plant can grow up to five feet tall. Its white flowers attract beneficial insects for your garden along with butterflies and bees.
Plant your seeds in early spring or in early fall in a one inch deep trough. Place the seeds about three inches apart. Germination takes about two weeks. This herb does not do well in a drought. Allow the ground to dry out before watering and then make sure you soak it well. Be sure to mulch to keep the soil from drying out. It takes 60 days for this herb to mature. This mint variety does not take over quite as aggressively as common mint does.
Harvest the leaves for tea or for drying and crushing. Be sure to use the crushed up leaves to stop toothache pain. Yes, it is a natural analgesic.
Make a tea out of the leaves for coughs, colds, pain, fever, indigestion, and menstrual cramps. It also a natural insect repellant, (except it attracts the beneficial insects. Crushed flowers relieve toothache pain on contact with crushed leaves. They will also relieve pain from a cut. Just place the crushed up pieces of Mountain Mint leaves right on the cut.
A word of caution: This herb should not be used by pregnant women. It is said to harm the baby.
Mint seeds are fairly small so when planting them, plant them no more than 1/8 inch deep. The seed is a viral embryo containing all the energy the seeds to germinate and break the surface. If the seeds are too deep, they will run out of energy before breaking the surface and die.
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Watering is also important. Too much and they will drown and never germinate. You want to keep the soil moist while it is in the germinated stage. Also use soft water sprayer. Too harsh and the seeds will dislodge and die.
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