Costa Rican Mint
Costa Rican Mint
days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 3 feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: mites and aphids
harvest notes: harvest branches as needed
Satureja means Savory. Satureja viminea, aka Costa Rican Mint or Jamaican Tree Mint is a very minty, savory herb with great possibilities. The tiny 1/4 inch oval, glossy, light green foliage can match any spearmint for potency, and yet is not saddled with Mint’s aggressive growth habits.
This mint varieties leaves are primarily used to season meats and soups in Trinidad. The leaves are ground and used as a spice rub to marinade meat. It’s also widely used as a tea for digestion, helping to relieve upset stomachs, bloating and gastrointestinal issues. A powerful antimicrobial, the tea from this plant is also helpful in keeping a bay unwanted microbes that may colonize in the digestive tract. It’s also commonly used as a mouthwash which gives you deliciously fresh breath and aids in cavity prevention.
This plant thrives in zones 9-11 and though it is very frost sensitive, it grows quite vigorously in one season and can be heavily pruned then moved indoors for the winter in a pot, or you can take a cutting and try to keep that going through winter so you can start again next spring. Makes a cute compact bright green bush if planted in full sun, will get more sprawling and leggy in partial shade.
This plant is used for making an infamous Kama Sutra Mint Tree Bath. The bath is cooling, refreshing, cleansing, and astringent to the skin, great for a cooling dip on a hot, muggy summer day. The essential oil of this unique plant, also known as Kama Sutra Mint Tree, is also antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic.
For the bath: Harvest 1 cup of fresh leaves. In a large thermos, mix the leaves with 4 cups of boiling water and seal the cap tightly. Let sit for 24 hours. Pass the decoction through a sieve, squeezing the most you can out of the leaves. Add juice of one freshly squeezed lemon to the liquid concentrate and stir. Fill a bath with cool or slightly warm water. Add mint/lemon potion. Enjoy!
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here.
When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.
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