If you’ve ever tried growing your own mint in the yard or in a pot…you know for sure that it likes to spread, and spread. This innocent little fresh herb can double and triple in size over just a few weeks without much care. I started this plant in May. I put it in a pot so that I could keep it under toe with some restraint. I didn’t want to end up with a Mint Lawn!
I’ve cut it back probably 5 or 6 times since then and it’s still growing strong in my office window. It enjoys the morning sun from dawn until about 11am and after that the room is cozy warm. Mint heaven.
If you’re at all
stingy frugal like me, you can’t bear to take the time to make something and then just throw it out when it’s too much to use up. So I made up my mind I would find ways to use up my mint.
I do love Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream 🙂 But my husband doesn’t and even so, a whole gallon will only use up a small bunch of Mint.
I needed something that would last through the cold winter mornings when I’m yearning for Spring. MINT TEA!!
Just cut off a few branches of your mint. Tie a string around the end stems. Then place the bunch inside a paper bag for a few days until the leaves have completely dried. Remove the leaves from the stems and store the leaves only in a sealed container (like a Mason Jar) for up to 1 year. More instructions and variations on storing and using your dried Mint leaves here: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/MintDrying.htm
It’s up to you how you want to dry your fresh Mint. Of course you can just keep using it up fresh day by day like I’ve been doing. My fresh Mint Tea with a little Lemon and a sprinkle of Stevia or Maple Sugar is just the sweet that I need after dinner to keep me from a big bowl of ice cream or cookie (well, most nights anyway) It has a nice calming delicate taste when the hot water steeps over a few fresh leaves for a minute or two. Add in your sweetener and a lemon squeeze and you’re done. Don’t over power the flavors with too much.
You’ll have to experiment with a few cups to get your preferences correct for your taste. And don’t hesitate to add in a tea bag or two of other flavors as well. Green Tea, Citrus, or Iced Mint Teas are all options for this monstrous little herb. If that isn’t enough, the leaves make a great breath mint for any passer-by as well.
So what does it have going for it besides a great relaxing taste?
Mint teas come with good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all strong in the fighting against colds and flus.
Mint tea can also help you fall asleep by relaxing muscles and tension. It also soothes the stomach and aids in digestion. Got a love that ♥
Who knew such an inexpensive and easy to grow little plant could help us out so easily? I’m off for another cup-a-tea please…
Enjoy a quiet cup of healthy mint tea sometime. Your spirit will thank you ♥
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