Mint is one of the most popular herbs around. It is widely used in cooking, drinks, oral care, health and wellness products, as well as for medicinal purposes. It is available in many forms – whole leaves, dried herbs, oil, liquid extract, tinctures, capsules and more. Mint is also an extremely easy herb to grow. It is a perennial herb, and it spreads rapidly in rich, moist soil in part sun. This is why it’s important to keep mint in a pot or plant it in a container, and not let it grow wild.
Many people wonder if it’s okay to smoke mint leaves. Mint is not only a pleasant tasting herb, but it also has soothing effects and helps calm the mind and body. However, smoking any kind of herb is not good for the lungs and can cause breathing issues later in life. The main issue is that when you inhale smoke, you are ingesting carbon monoxide. This can irritate the lungs and increase your risk of cancer.
To enjoy the minty flavor without all of the negative side effects, try drinking it in the form of tea or using it in recipes. There are also some oral sprays that contain the minty goodness and can help with certain ailments.
Before putting the mint in the oven, make sure that it is completely dry and free of all dirt or debris. You can also air dry the mint in a dish rack or a paper bag.