Country Lore: The Many Uses of Spearmint

Spearmint works well not only to repel ants, it also freshens a musty closet.

| June/July 2001

  • Spearmint
    Spearmint is a multipurpose garden herb.
    Photo courtesy ELIZABETH DOWLE/QUARTO/ARTVILLE DISC

  • Spearmint

Thanks for the ant-fighting advice in a previous issue. We live in the deep South and have a lot of red ants, so I gave your advice a try and put spearmint around the animals' feed dishes. It worked like a charm.

I also dry spearmint and save it for rainy days: it works well to freshen a musty closet or the inside of a car. It's also nice added to a potpourri pot and simmered on the stove with a little cinnamon and/or vanilla extract.

Did I mention it makes for a nice cup of herbal tea? Here's the best part: the more you pick it, the more bountiful it becomes.






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