Hannah over at This Garden Is Illegal talks about mint and, along the way, mentions the myth behind it. If she wrote high school textbooks kids would be way more into ancient mythology.
She Was Mint To Be With Him
The myth behind the origins of the name Mentha reads better than an episode of Greyâ€™s Anatomy. Greek myth has it that Mentha was the name of a misguided and lovestruck water nymph who went head over flippers for an older, married man. He was a tall dark mysterious type who had a lot of power in his hands and used his power to woo the soon-not-to-be innocent young maid. She was willing to overlook the fact that he was a little creepy, being the overlord of the underworld. After all, a man is not his job, right?
Tragedy struck when his wife, Persephone, (who, for the record, was a woman who was suffering from Stockholm syndrome) found out about the tawdry relationship. She took her wrath out on the poor little nymph. She transformed Mentha into a lowly plant. She did nothing to her husband for his trespass. Apparently, it was punishment enough for her husband that he lost his hoochie mama. So what does the Mr. Wonderful do to correct his mistressâ€™ situation? He makes it so she is â€œsweet smellingâ€. Yeah, thanks. That was helpful.