Water mint can be used to make a bracing herbal tea, which has been said to aid in digestion and calms ulcers. It can also be used topically as a balm for sore muscles and for cleaning wounds. The oils in the leaves add flavour to cooking and baking, and leaves add a bright zing to salads. The cultivated variety of water mint known as ‘Eau de Cologne Mint’ or ‘Bergamot Mint’ is used to produce Mentha citrata oil, also known as bergamot oil, used in perfumery. Produces lovely lavender pom-pom flowers.
Water: Likes wet places
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: Perennial flowering plant in the mint family
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Origin: Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia