The color of mint leaves vary depending on the species. Their colors range from dark green, blue, purple, and yellow. Mint grws well in wet or moist soil. Mint grows fast and spreads over a wide area. It will also grow planted in deep containers. Mint leaves can be harvested at anytime. The leaves can be used fresh or dried in food. Mint leaves are very aromatic with a cool aftertaste. They have a fresh sweet flavor. Mint leaves are often used to flavor ice cream, candy, tea, jams, jelly, beverages, and syrup. Mint leaves are popular in the Middle East as they are added to lamb dishes. In Africa, the mint leaves are used to flavor tea. Mint leaves are also used for garnishment and to flavor alcoholic drinks.
Mint has many medicinal uses. The essential oil of the mint leaf can be used as antiseptic mouth rinse, breath freshener, drinks, gum, and chocolate. When using any herb for medicinal benefits always consult a doctor or herbalist first. Mint leaves have also been used to treat stomach problems or chest pain. Mint leaves are commonly used in tea as home remedies. Long ago they were even used to help whiten teeth. Mint aids in digestion and is known to be a diuretic. Mint is known to break down fats in the body and has been used to treat obesity. The menthol from mint leaves is also used to mke perfumes. Mint is very useful in aromatherapy. It is very effective in treating insect bites. Menthol is also an ingredient in soe cigarettes. It can be used to treat the comon cold. Mint is known to repel mosquitoes and ants. Mint oil is commonly used as a natural insecticide. It is known to kill roaches, wasps, and hornets.