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“Eat Betoyne and Mynts prepared in honey, use herbs grace in thy Wine.”

April, Ram’s Little Dodoen, 1606.

Mint takes its name from Minthe, who was loved by Pluto. This nymph was metamorphosed by Pluto’s wife, Prosperine, with the herb called after her. Henry Dethicke, in the Gardener’s Labyrinth, gives some curious advice to the gardener who cannot procure the garden mint. “Let him plant the seed of the wild mint, setting the sharper ends of the seeds downwards, whereby to tame and put away the wildness of them.”

In France mint was called “Menthe de Notre Dame,” and in Italy “Erbe Santa Maria.” The cultivated herb is said to have been introduced into England by the Romans. All the different varieties have the quality of preventing milk from curdling, and for this reason herbalists recommend them to people who are put on to a milk diet. Formerly they were one of the herbs strewn in churches, and they were also used in baths.

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