Mint~ Mentha, from the Lamiaceae Family, can be used for so many things! Mint is used in cooking, teas, salves, soaps, washes, toothpaste, and incense. Whether you use mint dry or fresh there are a variety to choose from, each bringing something to the table.
Spear mint~ This is the most commonly grown of mints
Water mint~ green and purple stems and leaves with a distinctly minty smell
Wild mint~ is the most camphorous of the mints, not sweet like others. This one is more often used medicinally
Apple mint~ Fruity minty flavor
Chocolate mint~ a naturally occurring hybrid if water and spear mint!! Smells like Andes candy!!
Ginger mint~ Bright yellow stripes on the leaves smells very much like spearmint~ spear mint and wild mint hybrid~ also called slender mint or scotch mint
Melissa or Lemon Balm~ is part of the Mint family, it gives off a lemon scent. It is believed to have a mild calming agent helpful in releasing stress and promoting sleep.
Catnip!~ Yes this is a member of the mint family~
and the list goes on!
A few other herbs that are also part of the Lamiaceae family!
oregano, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme.
Harvesting~Best time to harvest is in the morning to mid-day.
Metaphysical uses~ Drawing good spirits, protection, money, love, travel, removal of hexes, setting intention in motion, healing.
You can roll and burn sticks just as you would sage, place in sachets, leave loose leafs around an area,
Parts used~ Leaf, Stem, oils
Here is a simple banishing spell that calls for mints!