Costa Rican Mint 1 gallon
Costa Rican Mint
days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 3 feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: mites and aphids
harvest notes: harvest branches as needed
Satureja means Savory. Satureja viminea is a very minty, savory with great possibilities. The small 1/2 to 1/4 inch oval, glossy, lime green foliage can match any spearmint for potency, and yet is not saddled with Mint’s aggressive nature. Even though it is frost sensitive, it grows quite vigorously in one season and can be moved indoors. It grows well in a pot and survives inside with enough light. Legend says that the mint plant grows into a tree only after a great deal of time and care. This plant is used for making an infamous Kama Sutra Mint Tree Bath. The bath is cooling, refreshing, cleansing, and astringent to the skin, great for a putting in a bath on a hot, muggy summer day. The essential oil of this unique plant, also known as Kama Sutra Mint Tree, is also antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. For the bath: Harvest 1 cup of fresh leaves. In a large thermos, mix the leaves with 4 cups of boiling water and seal the cap tightly. Let sit for 24 hours. Pass the decoction through a sieve, squeezing the most you can out of the leaves. Add juice of one freshly squeezed lemon to the liquid concentrate and stir. Fill a bath with cool or slightly warm water. Add mint/lemon potion. Enjoy!