The Plant - Water Mint - Uses
It has been used in a similar way to calm digestive disorders, flatulence and nausea. Water Mint was also use in smelling salts, the water mint has a distinctive chocolate mint aroma
Smell Masked the Smell of Death
In Greece, long ago this plant was mixed with Rosemary and Myrtle and used to disguise the smell of death. The Romans were also said to have used water mint in flower bouquets at banquet halls in order to repel mice and vermin.
Folklore - Pluto - his wife seeked Revenge - Used Water Mint
Folklore has it that Pluto lord of the Underworld, fell in love with the nymph Minte (also called Menthe). His wife Persephone in a very bad rage is said to have transformed Minte into the lowly plant which would be trampled underfoot by all. Pluto is then reputed to have given the plant its sweetness so that at least the plant would console his loss.
Dandruff Cure in Medieval Times
Mentha aquatica - otherwise known as Chocolate Mint was simmered in vinegar to treat dandruff in the Medieval Era
Water Mint - Used in Teas - as an Astringent - Sunburn - Headaches
Over the different ages watermint has been used in teas, in mouthwashes, for kin complaints,, and in toiletries as well as for alleviating nausea and headaches and to help protect against rheumatism. In the middle ages people scented their baths with watermint.
Greek Mythology and Hospitality comes from a Dinner for Zeus and Hermes
Greek mythology has it that two strangers walked into a small village and all the villagers ignored them - offering them no hospitality, however one lovely elderly couple, Philemon and Baucis, offered them a meal and before seating them at the table, the couple rubbed the table with water mint leaves to clean and freshen it. The strangers were actually the gods Zeus and Hermes in disguise. As a reward for the hospitality Philemon and Baucis had offered them, the gods turned their humble home into a temple. Mint thus became the symbol of hospitality.
Mint is mentioned in the New Testament
Mint was valued by the ancient Hebrews, and "tithes of mint" are mentioned in the New Testament..