"The savor or smell of the water mint rejoiceth the heart of man."
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In fact, mint is supposed to be named after a nymph by the name of Menthe who was illicitly beloved of Pluto.
Ovid tells the story thus: when Persephone came upon the guilty pair, she threw Menthe to the ground to trample her--thus is mint always crushed to release her flavor.
It was introduced into England by the Romans--and was used in baths...and also strewn to sweeten the smell of churches. One old belief had it that if a wounded man ate mint, he would never recover.
Beloved generally by the Arab world, where it is a staple in renowned Moroccan mint tea, its popularity is invoked in an Egyptian folktale called "The Mint Vendor," or "Yab ta Îl Nê nâ":
There's the lad who sells the mint leaves.