Why Every Survivalist Should Have Access to Mint
There’s really no reason to beat around the bush when talking about mint…it’s one of the best botanicals to have in the event of an emergency. Period.
There are numerous reasons to own this incredible herb, perhaps one of the best reasons is because it’s a hardy plant which grows in almost any environment. Seriously, it can overtake a garden if you’re not careful.
That’s great news for anyone who only has small plot of land (or a balcony) to use for mint growth.
So what exactly is so great about this fragrant and tasty botanical?
Let me show you.
9 Reasons to Grow Mint
1 – It’s Antibacterial:
This is probably the most powerful reason to keep this plant on site.
That powerful smell that comes from breaking open the leaves or stems of this herb actually signals it’s incredible ability to fight disease and infection.
In an in vitro study published in 2001 in “Microbios,” researchers found that peppermint essential oils inhibited the growth of many common bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, H. pylori, S. aureus, salmonella and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. They concluded that peppermint oil showed potential as an antibacterial agent. In a study published in 2002 in “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” researchers found that the menthol in peppermint oil inhibited fungal microorganisms.
That means you should keep as much of it as you can on hand, as well as the potent oil too.
2 – It can alleviate hiccups:
Hiccups are the worst. But they can be exceptionally difficult, even deadly in a survival situation…(that is if you have them when you need to stay quiet in an emergency situation).
The good news is this healthy herb will help treat hiccups.
The recommendation is to boil the leaves in a tea and then drink it while it’s still warm. The powerful oils in the leaves can help soothe the diaphragm and prevent the spasms that cause hiccuping.
If you have lemon, salt, and cardamom you can add them to your tea for a more dramatic effect.
3 – Keeps bad bugs away:
This is true of both the plant as well as the oil. Growing the herb outside of your home is a great way to discourage bugs like fleas, ants, and flies from coming around.
The powerful oil acts as a natural bug deterrent.
If you want to use it like you would bug spray you can either rub the crushed leaves on your clothing, or place dabs of diluted oil on the skin.
Be careful with using pure oil on the skin. It’s powerful enough you might experience some irritation when applying it topically.
4 – It attracts good bugs:
The good news is this amazing herb actually does a good job of attracting the kinds of insects needed for a healthy ecosystem.
This is especially important if you’re trying to grow your own survival garden. Beneficial insects are attracted to the pollen of the flower as well as the nectar produced by the plant and this can help your survival garden thrive.
Within a few short weeks of planting you should find your plant is growing rapidly and has brought in dozens of beneficial insects like bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and more.
To minimize it’s voracious growth rate try planting mint either in an isolated container, or ensure it’s root system can’t grow into other parts of your garden.
5 – It’s great for pets:
Going off the same idea as using it as a natural bug repellant, you can also use it for pets to help keep fleas at bay.
This works a bit differently.
Mother Earth Living says to do this:
“Bundle 2 parts fresh spearmint, 1 part fresh thyme and 1 part fresh wormwood, and tuck it inside a small pillow. Place the pillow near your pet’s bed or another favorite resting place. ”
6 – It can relieve an upset stomach:
An upset stomach is bad enough during everyday life. Imagine how much worse when a crisis is coming down on your head.
This herb has the ability to help out with this by soothing the stomach in a natural way.
Now this isn’t for heartburn or indigestion.
“Dr. Gerald Ashton Isenberg, who works in the gastroenterology department at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, told AOL Health. ‘Mint increases the chance of acid reflux because it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscle that is located at the end of the esophagus, allowing acid from the stomach to back up into the food pipe,’ he explained. Keep in mind this holds true for anything that contains mint, such as peppermint tea and even peppermint gum and breath mints.”
But it is good for other kinds of stomach upsets.
Here’s what Readers Digest says:
“The herb’s essential oil contains menthol, a volatile substance that has a direct antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscle of the digestive tract. In addition, the pleasing smell of peppermint tea may help soothe nerves (and thus a nervous stomach). The ability to calm a cramping stomach and intestinal muscles makes it a superb treatment, herbalists say, for symptoms of indigestion including heartburn, gas, stomachache, and the “I ate too much” feeling. It also makes peppermint a popular alternative treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain, bloating, and irregular bowel movements in about 5 million Americans, most of them women.”
So it pays to have it around when you’re not feeling your best.
7 – It can help relieve sunburn:
Something you’ll likely run into during a crisis situation is sunburn.
While this herb won’t be able to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays it can help soothe your skin after it’s been burned.
There are several ways to bring about the cooling effects, but one of the easiest is to brew a potent tea and once it cools use a washcloth or another absorbent cloth and then keep it on your burned skin.
The menthol will help to cool your skin and provide instant relief.
8 – Use it to fight bad headaches:
It’s well known the oil produced by this herb can have anti-spasmodic effects on muscles.
Many of the headaches we deal with on a regular basis and in crisis are caused by the tightening of muscles in the head.
To take advantage of these known facts you can either rub some oil or crushed leaves on your temples to find relief.
Another method that works quite well is using a compress soaked in a strong tea.
You can either use a hot compress or a cold compress depending on what you find to be more comfortable.
9 – Use it to beat sinus infections:
That’s right, the herb can help you stay congestion free, which will be especially helpful in a survival situation where your sense of smell is incredibly important.
When the leaves are boiled in hot water and the vapors are breathed in it can both soothe the sinus cavities as well as loosen up accumulated mucous.
It can also work to fight any kind of bacteria present in your sensitive sinuses.
As mentioned above you can either boil the leaves or add a few drops of oil to hot water. Then drape a towel over your head and place your head over the pot and breathe in deeply.
A few applications like this should help with an infection.
Now that you know about the survival uses for this herb I’ll bet your itching to grow it yourself.
The good news like I talked about at the beginning of this article is it doesn’t take much of a green thumb to get growing.
But if you’re limited in space then one thing you might want to do is try our mini-aquaponics solution.
To learn more about growing this amazing herb at home click here or on the image below.