Mint
A Memory Stimulant


Mint plants can be grown in almost any climate, and it is grown in all areas of the world, except the coldest regions where the ground remains frozen all year. In particular, mint plants can be found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. They especially thrive in wet climates.


  • Mint plants are considered to be invasive plants because they tend to spread uncontrollably if left unchecked.
  • All mint plants all belong to the same family: Lamiaceae

Extraction of Oil From Mint Leaves


Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)


Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Equisetopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiceae
Genus: Rosemarinus
Species: Officinalis


Fun Fact: Rosemary and salvia are the only plants within the mint family that have two stamens. All other mint plants usually have four.

Special Uses:
Stimulant, Memory Enhancer, Food Preservative, Medicine
Cooking; aromatic element used while smoking meats

Ocimum Basilicum (Basil)


Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Equisetopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiceae
Genus: Ocimum
Species: Basilicum

Special Uses: Cooking: key ingredient in pesto sauce, used for its scent in flavoring soaps and liquors, leaves can be eaten directly.
Traditional Medicine: Digestive system disorders
- stomach ache
- diarrhoea
- kidney complaints
- infections
Basil can also be used to treat fevers or whooping cough, as well as make eye drops


WILD CARD ACTIVITY: Lesson Plan
As an English and Secondary Education Major, I designed a lesson plan in which students on a middle school level would combine their knew scientific knowledge about mint leaves with their writing skills. Students will be expected to write Haiku's that demonstrate their new knowledge mint leaves. Haiku's are short poems that consist of three lines. The first line contains 7 syllables, middle line contains 5 syllables, and the last also has 7 syllables.
Activities:
- After lecturing about mint plants, students will be allowed to work in pairs to create a haiku
- The remaining 10 minutes of class will be spent with each group presenting their poems in the front of the class
- Each line of the poem must contain one fact about mint plants
- I would collect these poems at the end of the period
- Students would be assessed on the use of facts that they have learned concerning the mint plant and its uses, along with keeping within the writing guidelines in creating a haiku.
- In allowing the students to create their own poems, they can personalize the material they learned about the mint leaves, and may use the haiku to write about how they would use a mint leaf.
- As an English teacher, I realize that not all students enjoy creative assignments. Allowing the students to work with a partner will encourage the students to be more engaged in the assignment. The students will be able to feed off of each others' strengths and creativity to make the learning experience more enjoyable.

Example:

Mint can help my memory.
Just like Rosemary,
Which has two stamens, not three.