Herb of the Week ~ Water Mint

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Water Mint (Mentha aquatica)

Folk Names: Aquatic Mint, Creeping Mint, Fish Mint, Marsh Mint, Wild Mint
Element: Water
Planet: Venus
Deities:Atargatis, Poseidon, Hecate, Hades, Freya, Persephone

Water Mint is a common plant of fens and fresh water margins, becoming partially or completely submerged in water. It is very similar in appearance to other varieties of mint and is often easiest distinguished by the location where it is found, as other varieties prefer drier habitats. It has highly aromatic foliage and develops rounded heads of tiny pink flowers in late summer. It is widespread and common throughout Northern Ireland.

One of the three sacred herbs of the Druids along with Meadowsweet and Vervain.

In the kitchen, dried watermint leaves can be used to brew an excellent, aromatic tea, or mixed in with other teas to create tasty combinations. The oil derived from the watermint plant can also be used to add flavor to oil and vinegar based dressings, which can be used for green salads or to give raw fruits and vegetables a little extra taste. The mint also can be added to cake batter, providing an unexpected burst of flavor to chocolate and lemon cakes.

Around the house, watermint also can be used in several ways. For centuries, the plant has been used to provide natural pest control, as mice and flies are repelled by watermint. As a cleaning agent, watermint is an excellent antiseptic when mixed with a small amount of water. When it comes to hygiene, watermint may be used in soaps and mouthwashes, as well as use as a facial astringent. A more recent addition to the several uses of watermint is as part of the formula of some shower gels, since it provides many of the same benefits of bathing with products that contain peppermint.

From a medicinal perspective, watermint is also understood to be an excellent choice when it comes to cleaning surface wounds, removing excess oil from the face, calming ulcers, and helping to relieve indigestion. As part of aromatherapy, watermint is understood to be an ideal option in helping to ward off depression, and restoring emotional equilibrium. In some schools of alternative medicine, burning incense made with watermint is recommended as a way to relieve stuffy noses and other temporary and minor cold symptoms. While watermint may not be used for as many different applications as spearmint or peppermint, there is no doubt that the plant continues to be a valuable asset around the home.

Water mint has the same magickal properties as Peppermint, which is derived from Water Mint through hybridization. Every type of mint can be used for banishing, blessing, love potions, psychic work, and workings that are related to clarity, concentration, creativity, fortune, healing, joy, justice, love, luck, lust, money, passion, prosperity, protection, purification, release, sexuality, travel, trust, virtue, wealth, wisdom, yang, benevolent spirits, good fortune, good luck, magickal life, mental strength, spiritual guidance (especially in dreams), sense of smell, sharp/quick mind, good luck in business, and relaxation in psychic work. Mint can also be used to bind spells, enhance sexuality, improve memory, restore vigor, protect against lightning, release invited spirits, sharpen the mind, cool off after a quarrel, increase business, concentration, power or sex; attract customers, love, lust, money, or protection; and prepare/care for the bodies of the dead.
Mint is appropriate for the sabbats Midsummer and Samhain. It is one of the traditional offerings to Hecate, especially at crossroads, and on the Night of Hecate in mid-November.

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