Mints have been used and valued for aromatic purposes for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romand used them. Their effect was so powerful that, according to myth, a nymph called Menthe, who was greatly loved by Pluto, was transformed into the mint herb by Pluto’s jealous wife.
Mints were the favorite herbs of the Roman scholar Pliny. He enjoyed them for their aromatic effect “The very smell of mints reanimates the spirit.“
In the New Testament, Matthew notes their value by quoting Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees for requiring a tithe of mint, dill and cumin (Chapter 23, verse 23).