Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. Pot of mint outside back door supposedly keeps mice away [Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, October 2014].

2. Mint, Mentha spicata, actually spearmint: posy of mint at an open window keeps away flies [University of Otago, New Zealand, October 2013].

3. Mint tea eases indigestion [Tulse Hill, London, October 2012].

4. From my Mum and Nan. My Mum was born in Hednesford, Staffs, and my Nan was born in Colton, near Rugeley, Staffs …
Mint was reputed to keep flies away if you put some sprigs of it in a jug [e-mail, April 2012].

5. Mint keeps flies at bay [Wormshill, Kent, May 2003].

6. I remember my mother used to hang up bunches of mint to keep flies away [Richmond, Surrey, May 2003].

7. As a child [1940s] I lived for a while in the village of Wye in east Kent … mint tea helped belly ache [Alton, Hampshire, June 1993].

Image: cultivated, Greenwich Peninsula, London Borough of Greenwich; July 2016.