Hi, my loves and welcome to WiccaNow. Recently I’ve been talking about some of my favourite magickal herbs and plants with this post about the magickal properties of sage, one about roses, another all about the lavender and an overview of magickal plants with this botanical witchipedia. I want to keep going down this path by talking about another herb that’s multi-talented and powerful, today I want to talk about the magickal properties of mint!
Mint is a magickal herb which can be used for protection, healing, luck and love among other things. It has strong medicinal benefits which include helping to reduce nausea, reducing anxiety and aiding digestion.
I love to grow mint at home because it’s super low maintenance and attracts abundance and prosperity while also providing protection. If you have a garden, it’s better to grow mint in a separate pot as it grows like crazy and will overtake a garden bed very quickly if left to its own devices.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be, anything stated here is simply a product of my own research. If you are ill, please see a trained medical professional and don’t try to treat yourself based on something written here. Don’t ever consume anything you aren’t 100% sure is safe, and if you’re pregnant consult your doctor or midwife before consuming something you aren’t familiar with
History of Mint
Mint has a long history as a healing herb. It’s a part of the Lamiaceae family and there are around 20 different species, along with countless hybrids and cultivars. The “Mentha” variety of mint originated in the Mediterranean Region, while Mentha Spicata (or Spearmint) came from Egypt and was brought to Europe during the Crusades.
The Romans used to hold mint in high esteem and used it as a natural perfume. Fun fact: Romans used to perfume different parts of the body with different plants with mint being the “arm plant”. Both the Greeks and the Romans used mint at feasts as decorations and they would often add it to sauces. Is there where mint sauce for lamb originated? Many believe that the Romans were responsible for the introduction of mint to England.
While there are some native forms of mint growing in North Ameria, most varieties seen in the US have been brought over from Europe.
More Fun Facts About Mint
- In the 13th Century, Icelandic people used mint for whitening teeth. Many toothpastes today still come with a mint flavour
- Mint will cross-breed with other mints if planted in the same container, meaning if you want to keep all the different species of mint you need to keep them contained in different pots otherwise eventually you’ll end up with all the same type of plant
- The Key of Solomon mentions mint
- Drink mint before a speech/performance/prayer as it’s meant to increase the strength of your oration
- Mint MIGHT be an insect repellent, so people like to plant it in windows to keep mosquitoes and flies away.
- Bees LOVE mint. Rub a beehive with it and you’ll attract a swarm of bees, and if you run an already occupied hive with mint you’ll prevent the bees from leaving
- Spearmint is the most common flavouring in food. It’s a little sweeter and has a stronger flavour so works well when added as a flavour.
Mint in Folklore
Mints association with its deities actually comes from old folklore. It’s said that there was a nymph called Mentha (sometimes spelt Minthe) who caught the eye of Hades and became his lover. When Hades chose Persephone over her, she became angry and antagonised Persephone. In retaliation, Persephone turned her into the plant we now know as mint. The same story comes in many variations, with some saying that Hades loved her and Persephone became so jealous she tuned Mentha into a plant. Others state that Persephone became so angry that she trampled Mentha into the dust, after which Hades turned her trampled form into a mint plant so that she would live on forever.
Mint is also tied to Hades because the Greeks used to use it to cover any scent produced by dead bodies during funeral rites.
Medicinal Uses of Mint
- High in Vitamin A meaning it’s great for eye health
- High in antioxidants
- May help to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
- May help to alleviate indigestion
- May improve brain function
- Applying mint leaves to the skin can help reduce pain while breastfeeding
- Masks bad breath
- Can aid in decongesting nasal passages when you have a cold
- May provide relief for those suffering from allergies
- Improves oral health
Magickal Properties of Mint
The type of mint most commonly used in magick is peppermint. There are many, many different varieties of mint however and all of those different varieties would have the same magical properties so use whatever you have access too.
The Magickal Properties of Mint
- Psychic work
Deities: Hecate, Pluto, Hades, Persephone
Easy Money Spell Using Mint
This simple luck spell harnesses the magickal properties of mint to call prosperity and abundance to you. Cast this spell as often as you need it!
This spell uses candle magick. Always, always practise fire safety and make sure that any children, pets or billowing clothes are kept away from the flame.
- A green candle
- Mint oil
- Dried Mint (you can leave this out if you don’t have it, or vice versa with the oil. I like to use both because I think it makes the spell more powerful.)
- Cinnamon (use either oil or dried cinnamon, this boosts the power of your spell. You can leave it out if you want)
- Fire-proof surface or bowl
- Anoint your candle with the mint oil
- Mix your dried mint with your cinnamon powder. If you’re using cinnamon oil, anoint the candle with it during step 1.
- Roll your anointed candle in the dried herb mix
- Place your candle into your fire-proof bowl. I like to melt a little wax on the bottom of the candle and stick it to the bottom of the bowl to make sure that it doesn’t fall over.
- Light your candle
- Close your eyes and focus on your intention. Imagine that prosperity and abundance are flowing to you like a golden river. Feel as if you have already received the abundance that you seek. Remember that the more specific your intent, the more likely it is to manifest.
- Once you have set your intention as strongly as you can, say
” Mint let me harness your energy, you flourish with abandon so lend this power to me. Prosperity come to me. So Mote it Be.”
- Repeat this chant 3 times
- Allow the candle to safely burn down to nothing
- Repeat as often as needed
So my loves, I hope this give you all the information you need on the magickal properties of mint! Let your mind wander and your spirit be free.
Until next time,