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Basic Botany: The Mint Family

 

Let’s take a closer look at the Mint Family!

 

Basic Botany:  The Mint Family

Lamiaceae – The Mint Family

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Identification Tips

Leaves: Square stems with opposite or whorled leaves

Flowers: Tubular flowers that are bilabiate (two-lipped)

Stamens: Generally, two or four uneven stamens

 

Food and Medicine

This family includes skullcap, lemon balm, catnip, lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, chia, spearmint, peppermint, and vitex.

There are so many helpful plants in the mint family used for aromatherapy, medicine, and delicious culinary spices. When used medicinally, aromatic plants like peppermint are helpful for supporting the digestive system with carminitive action, while others like skullcap, lavender, and lemon balm offer calming effects through a variety of actions. Many of these herbs can be made into a tasty medicinal tea or tincture, and the especially aromatic ones can also be distilled to produce essential oil.

As for food, who can imagine a spice rack without rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme?

 

For more in the Basic Botany Series see:

The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany: Rose Family

Basic Botany: Carrot Family

Basic Botany: Lily Family

 

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Topics: Aromatherapy, Herbalism

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Written by Friends on June 3, 2014

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