Last Sunday I was thrilled to host a workshop at the lovely Thyme & Place store in downtown Salt Lake City. We spent the afternoon exploring the Lamiaceae plant family; commonly known as the Mint family.
The big Mint family, Lamiaceae, boasts over 200 genera of different plants and around 7,00 species! Within the genera of this family we finds Scutellaria, Stachys, Salvia, Nepeta, and Thymus. If you’re familiar with many medicinal herbs, chances are you recognize some of those names. Scutellaria brings us Skullcap as one of its species, Stachys gives us Wood Betony, Salvia gives Sage, Nepeta brings Catnip, and Thymus is Thyme.
One of the most interesting aspects of the medicinal properties of Lamiaceae family plants is that there seems to be an overlap in many of their healing benefits. Most of these plants share the ability to help with digestion, gas, stress, antiviral and antibacterial support, and tension. I love many of the Mint family plants because they have such a bright, bold flavor I can cover up the sometimes unpleasant taste of almost any other herb with their help.
I love getting people involved in the process of working with plant medicine, so at this workshop the participants took what they learned about ten different Mint family plants and blended their own medicinal herbal tea.
The herbs we learned about, tasted, smelled, and blended were:
- Lemon Balm
- Wood Betony
- Holy Basil
Each of these herbs shares a lot in common with the others, and they also bring something unique to the person who works with them. The crowd favorites were definitely Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Holy Basil, and Motherwort!
Stay tuned for more fun community workshops coming up soon and learn how to bring the healing power of plant medicine into your own life!