Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mint, Magic and Margaritas

The space between Imbolc and Ostara is one of my favorite times of year.  Those end-of-winter days when the weather can't quite make up it's mind--warm and sunny one day, cold and wet the next.  Wrapping up in pajamas and down quilts at night, only to kick them all off by morning (though in Nature's defense, that could just be hot flashes).   The fireplace burning with the windows open.  In the garden, daffodil and Easter lily buds are poking out of the ground, and dill, fennel and poppy seedlings are everywhere.

I love this cusp of Springtime, and so, apparently, does my mint.

In the garden, mint likes morning sun and afternoon shade.  If (Goddess forbid) you are planting it directly in the ground, give it plenty of space.  I can't stress this enough--a happy mint is a prolific mint.  My mint bed is easily 5X5 feet, and still the mint is trying to escape.  If you don't have the space for it, keep it in a pot and make sure to keep it watered.

Mint is definitely a staple in my witchy bag of tricks.  It's gloriously easy to come by and useful on so many levels.  It is the ultimate herbal multi-tasker.  Mint is masculine and corresponds with the planets Mercury or Venus (depending on your needs, I suppose) and the element of air.  In the Tarot, mint corresponds with The Fool--probably because of its optimistic and unstoppable nature.  In magic, mint is used in spells concerning money and business, communication, luck and health.  Add leaves to amulets or poppets for healing spells and keep a leaf or two in your wallet to attract money (at the very least your wallet will smell nice).  In a pinch, I've been known to charge a breath mint with communication intent before meetings.  In healing, mint tea is our go-to around here for upset stomachs, and combined with ginger and honey, it's an excellent tea for colds and flus.

All of these uses for mint are great, but I have to be honest here--the bulk of the mint in the Discreet Witch's garden gets used to make a spring-time staple at our gatherings:  Banana-Mint Margaritas.  Don't knock them 'til you've tried 'em buddy.  By St. Patrick's Day my whole street is clamoring for mint from my garden to make this incredibly refreshing beverage.

Banana-Mint Margaritas

1cup (or more to taste or garnish) fresh mint
1 6 oz can of frozen limeade concentrate
1/2 ripe banana
6 oz tequila (or more, if you like)

Combine ingredients in your favorite blender and enjoy!

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