Wild mint – mentha longifolia


As there are three different types of wild mint in the 22 foraged botanicals found in the The Botanist Gin, I thought I would introduce you to a species of the wild mint found in South Africa. Mentha translating from Latin to mint, and longifolia meaning long-leafed.

This musky, pungent herb is both culinary and medicinal, used fresh and dried in food and drink, popular for its essential oil and it is used as a decoction to help treat stomach ailments, nausea, coughs, colds, asthma, cramps and indigestion.

Mentha longifolia is one of four indigenous varieties of mint found in South Africa and there are three subspecies of longifolia – capensis, polyadena and wisiii. They grow all over South Africa in damp, wet areas like marshes and riverbanks.

In summer they produce tiny white or light mauve flowers at the end of a spiked tip which attract butterflies and bees. In good growing conditions where they can get their feet wet in a wind protected environment, they can grow as tall as 1.5m in height, and its a complete joy walking past these in the wild and catching the scent of their minty fragrance as you brush past them. They thrive from a little pruning as it will encourage their growth.

Berry minty b&t

This is a perfect tonic for the end of a long stressful day especially when you feel a cold creeping in


This is a perfect tonic for the end of a long stressful day especially when you feel a cold creeping in. Its very relaxing for the body and deliciously soothing for the mind.


  • 3 sprigs wild mint
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tbs wild flower honey
  • 35ml gin
  • hot water

Place all herbal ingredients and honey into a mug and top up with hot water, adding your gin shot at the end. Use the herb sprigs like a spoon and stir the tea until the honey dissolves. This is even better sipped in a hot bath with wild mint floating around in it for an extra added menthol experience.


For this refreshing recipe you can use any wild, cultivated, raw or simple berry syrup or cordial.


  • 25ml berry syrup
  • 50ml gin
  • 3 sprigs of wild mint
  • frozen berries
  • tonic water

Muddle 2 sprigs of mint in the gin and strain into your glass. Add the syrup, stir and top up with tonic. Garnish with mint and berries.

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