29th June : Minty Mind

To continue the Oracle theme of the week, I’ve jumped to the Druid Plant and Animal Oracles and this week, Mint comes out to focus our minds.

I’ve been feeling, oh, unfocused for a few weeks now? I guess unfocused is a good a word as any. I’m not bored, far from it. Too much to do and no time in which to do it all, so I do what I can. But my mind unravels and starts creating chaos within itself. If Mint can help focus my mind, then I’ll have a very large dose, please!

Mint - Druid Plant Oracle
Mint – Druid Plant Oracle

The world in which we now live is so fast paced. Far more than thirty years ago when the house phone was in the hall and connected via cable. When computers were things in large rooms with tape drives or punched cards and cost more money than the houses in half of the town I lived in.

Breathing somehow isn’t enough, I manage to fill my lungs up and breathe deeply, then exhale. But something is needed to calm and focus my mind. Mint is (was?) traditionally used to aid concentration and digestion. Its sharp scent can cut through the hazy fog of thought, just like eucalyptus oils can cut through the fog of a cold. I love mint, its bite can make you draw a sharp breath in. It can be renewing, like brushing your teeth first thing in the morning after a night on the town, or a good mint tea to aid an upset tummy.

The druids used it, so they claim, as have the Chinese, the Egyptians, Greeks, Arabs, Hebrews and goodness knows who else. It has been used from scent on the floor, to garlands adorning the dead, to making tea. It has such a wide variety of uses, doesn’t it?

So, this week, lets find something minty to focus our minds. Use it in the bath or carry it close to sharpen your senses and aid concentration. Or hug it in a mug of hot tea. In the mean time, I’m off to find a good crop of it to get high on.

I used the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm, which is now sadly, out of print (and seems to be costing a small fortune on Amazon) and illustrated by the ver talented, Will Worthington.


  1. Ellen June 30, 2014 at 10:24

    Maybe being unfocused is also a summer thing with three kid around 🙂
    I am so happy I’ve found this deck a few month’s ago on this website: http://shop.druidry.org/home.php. It looks like they still have some in stock
    Anyway enjoy your minty tea an relax. In a few month it is autumn and we can all turn inwards again reenergized and fully focused 😀

    • Louise June 30, 2014 at 12:24

      Oh, so glad you found them cheaper than they are on Amazon! £60 is too much, IMHO. They’re great with the Druid Craft set too. I drew that card from the app on the PlayStore (also available on Apple!)
      Now, off to put the baby down for a nap, then focus the mind on a construction that has no instructions 😀

  2. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) July 1, 2014 at 22:14

    I’ve never heard of this but I am going to try it….seriously!! Unfocused must be going around…or maybe it is busy that is going around. Whatever the case, I very much appreciate the tip about mint!

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 21:58

      I’m not sure if it’s the busy that’s going around, or something else that might be in the water? But my mug of Mint tea certainly gave me a chance to quietly think. Thanks for stopping by, Jacquie 🙂

  3. maxwell ivey July 2, 2014 at 01:23

    Hello; I had no idea mint had that many uses. I also didn’t know its history went back to the chinese egyptians and greeks. for me my favorite coffee flavors are hazelnut cinomin or vanilla. thanks for sharing, max

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 11:14

      Neither did I, until I read up on this card. It’s amazing how far back one little plant has been used by us. I do like mint tea though!! 🙂

  4. Paul Graham July 2, 2014 at 03:17

    Mint really does promote clarity. Very easy to grow !

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 11:15

      It is, but it’s a thug, best keep it in a large pot 🙂

  5. Lenie July 2, 2014 at 11:31

    Hi Louise – as you know, mint is a very invasive plant which is why we have it growing wild all over our yard – which is not a problem for us since we have a five acre yard. You should be around to smell it just after the lawn is cut – it is absolutely amazing – I love to walk out there and take deep breaths.

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 13:30

      Yes, it’s a thug all right, but gorgeous with it! I can only imagine what your lawn smells like when it’s cut, Lenie, thanks for the thoughts now running around in my head & for stopping by 🙂

  6. Susan Cooper July 2, 2014 at 14:05

    I love the freshness that mint lends to many of my summer recipes. It is always something that wakes me up. 🙂

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 17:12

      Hmm… Wonder if that is why I love mint chocolate? The wake me up to the velvety goodness taste 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Susan!

  7. Sue Hines July 2, 2014 at 16:23

    Is that why they use it in gum, to keep people focused and alert?

    • Louise July 2, 2014 at 17:11

      It might by the reason WHY they started using it, Sue, but I’m too sure of the history of gum, so can’t say for sure 🙂

  8. Laurie Hurley July 3, 2014 at 01:07

    Nice post, Louise! Except, guess what? I don’t like mint! Does that mean I will never be focused again? heehee
    I like so many spices but for some reason mint is not one of them. When I am unfocused I usually do the deep breathing thing and visualize a beautiful teal fountain. My Reiki person suggested that and it works. I also get out of the house and go for a bike ride. But mint, no – chocolate – bring it on!

    • Louise July 3, 2014 at 14:12

      I was going to ask what you used instead of mint – now I know! 🙂

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