It Was All Mint to Be

(Photo courtesy of ) Greek legend has it that when Pluto's wife Persephone found out he was gettin' busy...

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Greek legend has it that when Pluto's wife Persephone found out he was gettin' busy with a nymph named Mentha, she turned her into an herb.

Thanks to Persephone (and a number of brilliant innovators throughout the centuries), we now have minty-fresh toothpaste, the York Peppermint Patty, and of course, Wrigley's Doublemint Gum. Not to mention mint foot scrubs, shampoos, lipglosses, body sprays, and candles.

Mint also offers a number of health benefits for the body and mind. Not only will a cup of spearmint or peppermint tea soothe an upset stomach, but a whiff of the herb itself tends to enliven the senses and promote a positive mood.

Apparently, it can de-fog your brain, too.

In a 2006 article in a Canadian publication called The Spectator, Virginia Anderson wrote that sucking on peppermint candies could actually stimulate students' minds while taking exams. She points out that in the study of psychology professor Bryan Raudenbush, athletes who inhaled the scent of mint were less fatigued in their performances. Raudenbush confirmed that the smell of peppermint oil increases blood flow and invigorates the mind and body.

And there's nothing like a little cool-mint Listerine to wake up your tongue in the morning.

Here are my three minty-fresh favorites:

1. C.O. Bigelow® Mentha Lip Tint

A perfect pre-kiss lip primer that also works as a breath freshener. It's cool, refreshing, and feels like a gust of wind on your lips. It has a sweet taste (that is, if you accidentally lick it off). Oh yeah, and this one has a hint of pinkish color. No fake or hazardous ingredients. I promise.

2. Trident Summer Spearmint Gum

Spearmint + watermelon = yumminess. Mint gum with a fruity surprise when you bite into it. Best of all, it's sugar free.

3. Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Toothpaste

All I can say is, the commercial is accurate! It does feel like you're giving your mouth a shower when you use it. You taste a bit of menthol, but the paste foams up and little bubbles form around your gums. Not a bad thing.

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What are your favorite mint-flavored products? Post 'em!

;) Holly


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darcyd said...

An old boyfriends mother used to make her own mint candy. She would pick fresh mint leaves and dip them in slightly frothy egg whites and then dredge them in white table sugar and lay them on wax paper to dry and harden. They are not bad!!!