More Mint Ideas

Ideas for Using Fresh Mint

Today, I’ll be sharing half a dozen more ways that you can use up an abundance of mint from your garden.

In case you missed them, here are the mint related recipes I’ve already shared:

Fresh Mint in Lip Balm & Salves | Aloe Mint Lotion | Garden Mint Soap

Using Fresh Mint to Make Lip Balm & Salve    Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe    Garden Mint Soap Cold Process Soap Recipe (palm free)


Here are a few more quick and easy ideas for your fresh mint:

Mint Sugar Recipe

1.) Mint Sugar

Mint sugar can be used to sprinkle on cookies, muffins or sweet breads. You can use it to sweeten tea or roll green grapes in it, for an extra sweet snack. My favorite way though, is as a topping for buttery toast, instead of cinnamon and sugar. It’s so yummy!

To make this, blend 1/3 cup of sugar with around 8 fresh mint leaves in a mini-food processor. Use right away, or for longer storage, spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and let air dry overnight. Store in a small jar.


Mint Iced Tea

2.) Mint Iced Tea

This is so refreshing on a hot summer day! You can use any type of mint that you have on hand, but my favorite is spearmint.

To make: Fill a jar with fresh mint leaves. Pour simmering hot water over them, cover with a saucer and let steep until cool enough to handle. Place the unstrained tea in the refrigerator and let it steep further for several hours or overnight. (This gives us a really strong infusion.) Strain, sweeten to taste and pour over ice cubes. Best enjoyed in a hammock in the shade with a good book!


Mint Tincture

3.) Mint Tincture

This tincture can be used for upset stomach, motion sickness and is reputed to be an excellent cure for the hiccups!

To make: fill a mason jar with fresh mint leaves (jar size depends on how many leaves you’ve gathered up), then cover with an 80 proof or higher alcohol like vodka or brandy.

If you don’t have fresh mint, use dried instead – keeping a roughly 1 part dried herb to 5 parts alcohol ratio in mind. (My favorite place to buy dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.) If the lid is metallic, place a layer of plastic wrap between the jar and the lid, to prevent corrosion.

Cap and store in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 weeks before straining, shaking every day or two, as you remember. Start with a dose of a few drops, increasing a bit, if needed. To treat my family, I mix with a spoonful of raw honey.


Mint Infused Vinegar

4.) Mint Vinegar

Mint vinegar is super easy to make and comes in quite handy! For windows & counters: Mix one part vinegar with one part water and a pinch of cornstarch (optional). Shake well before using. You can also add mint vinegar to your mop water. For a frugal fabric softener, use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load of laundry. Dilute with water to make a soothing rinse for an itchy dog.

To make: Fill a jar with fresh mint leaves and cover with vinegar. If you’re just making for household use, you can use regular vinegar. If you have culinary plans for it, try white wine vinegar instead. You can also use apple cider vinegar, which is especially nice for a hair rinse.Cover the jar with a layer of plastic wrap then cap. This will keep the vinegar from corroding the metal and ruining your mixture. Set aside for 3 to 4 weeks, shaking occasionally as you remember to. It should smell nice and minty by then, if not, steep a week or two longer. You can also remove the old leaves and add more fresh, for a stronger scent.


Mint Bath Salts

5.) Mint Bath Salts

Bath salts make a quick & easy gift. This fun mint variation is especially helpful at relieving sore, tired muscles.

To make: Pick several fresh mint leaves. Spread out on a paper towel and let air dry for about two or three days, until crumbly. Mix 1 cup Epsom salt with several crushed, dried leaves. I rub them through a fine mesh sieve to ensure that the pieces are small enough not to be a nuisance in the tub drain. Usually the scent of the dried herb/flower is enough to scent bath salts, but you can also add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, if you’d like a stronger scent. Store in a tightly capped jar. To use: Sprinkle in your bath, while the water is running.


Mint Clay Shampoo Treatment

6.) Mint Clay Shampoo Treatment

This deep cleaning treatment only needs to be done once every few months and is most ideal for hair on the oily side.

To make: Mix 1 teaspoon of your favorite shampoo together with 1 teaspoon mint tea and 1/2 teaspoon green French clay (or other cosmetic clay.) Add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil for an even more invigorating experience. Massage a small amount into your scalp. Leave on for about two or three minutes then rinse thoroughly. Follow with a rinse of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.


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57 Responses to More Mint Ideas

  1. Cecelia says:

    This is not directly linked to all the delicious minty ideas (that I just may try today…hello homemade gifts!). I always mean to give you a pat on the back and never get around to it, so… I just wanted to say, I LOVE your blog. It makes me happy. And inspires me to be even a little more ‘crunchy’ than becoming a mom already made me

  2. Love all these ideas! Of all my herbs, mint is the one that exploded this year in an unbelievable way, especially the orange mint. Will try some of these ideas!

    • Jan says:

      My orange mint went crazy this year too! It’s currently trying to overtake the catnip. I definitely planted them too close together & will have to move one soon! I’m happy to hear you love the ideas! :)

  3. Katy Bug says:

    Mmm! Those look great. I have plenty of mint, plus some orange mint, that I need to harvest pretty soon. Guess I’ve got something to do with them now!

  4. I had no idea orange mint even existed. I’ll have to add it to my shopping list!

  5. Nancy says:

    Great tips, thanks! I also like to make mint simple syrup to use in various cocktails, unsweetened ice tea, and homemade hot cocoa. Just heat one cup of water with one cup of sugar until the sugar is melted. Add a handful of mint leaves (I like to tear them into smaller pieces to get more of the flavor) and steep for several hours, then strain and store in a glass jar in the fridge.

  6. Lea says:

    Jan – can you use the mint even if it’s gone to flower? The bees have been loving it. Just wanted to make sure it was still okay for all these awesome ideas.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Lea, Yes, you sure can still use it then! I believe it has different compositions depending on before or after bloom, but for our home purposes, that doesn’t really matter. I pick some whenever I need it – whether it’s blooming or not. :)

  7. Chrissy says:

    I love your site and am always look forward to your newsletter emails. Thank you so much for your blog, your willingness to help others. and your AWESOME ebooks!!! So glad I found your site.

  8. Susana says:

    I need to say that I love all your ideas and your page.
    I love mint and what I do, is that, I dry it and then I can store it in jars or little bags so I always have some. I also use it a lot in the bath so I really want to make your salts and test it ;)
    Thank you for all the info that you give us.

  9. Delores Barber says:

    I have dried some and crushed it up like a power its great for sugars and teas a bit strong have to watch how much you use. I just had so much of it.

  10. LynneD says:

    Do you have a list like this for lemon balm? My crop is overwhelming this year. Plenty of mint too, but at least I planted it in a pot, lol…

  11. I sure enjoy your web site.I didn’t know there was so many ways to use mint. I always have plenty of it. It comes back every year. This is my favorite webb site,

  12. You had me at “mint.”
    Great stuff. I can’t wait to try some of them!

  13. Minda says:

    Hey again! I have another question for you:

    I am harvesting my mint tomorrow as there is frost in the forecast NOOOOOO! My question is: How long do you think mint syrup will last in the fridge?? A week, a month?

  14. Minda says:

    Also, I am going to try out your mint tincture recipe, only I have a HUGE patch of oregano, so I am going to try making a Oregano/mint tincture for cold and flu season. Hope it works out, thanks for the inspiration Jan!

  15. Staci Gurr says:

    Just stumbled upon this site a couple hours ago and can’t seem to leave. It’s wonderful, thank you so much.

  16. Gina says:

    Watermelon salad with mint is amazing. And mint simple syrup tossed with a fruit salad is so good! Love your site. :)

  17. Cheryl says:

    just got a bag of Chcolate mint and wanted to know if I can make a tincture?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Cheryl! Yes, you can do any of these mint projects with any type of mint you have on hand: peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, orange mint, pineapple mint and so forth. The flavors might be slightly altered due to type, but they share similar benefits.

  18. Cheryl says:

    Thank you, and just to let you know, I made a tea and then made ice cubes for later use and a tincture out of the rest. I would like to know more uses for the tincture though,

    • Jan says:

      Those are great uses for your mint! The tincture is good for treating upset stomach, motion sickness, and nausea. You can also try rubbing it externally on pressure points & your temples for headache & you can dilute it in water and use as a mouthwash or gargle when you have a sore throat.

  19. Lori says:

    Love, love your recipes! I made Peppermint Lip Balm and Peppermint Salve today. Still waiting for the salve to set up, but the lip balm came out great! I’m glad that I added some drops of peppermint essential oil to it.

    • Jan says:

      That’s great – I’m glad they turned out well for you! In the summer, you might want to add a smidge more beeswax if they take too long to set up or don’t feel firm enough, since the heat can make items softer.

  20. Shirley says:

    My friend wanted r,recipes for excess mint this is so good never knew there was orange mint

  21. Robin Macarthur says:

    Love your recipes!
    Since you know your mint, have you ever heard of mint warding of mice?
    We had a bit of a rain spell and the field mice came in, since we border a park and a river is nearby also.. I planted some indoors.. But wanted to know about an oil or spray or something. Thank you so much… I could very well be wrong lisening to my daughter but I’ll give it a shot…

    • Jan says:

      Hi Robin! I’ve heard that mint repels mice too. However, when I was in elementary school, we lived in a very old farmhouse with mice galore. I loved peppermint chewing gum and always had some in my room. The mice would come in and eat it, so I’ve always doubted a little bit, how much mint really repels them. It might be in certain high amounts that it will though? I wish I could be more help and I hope you find a good remedy for them!

  22. Kim says:

    I didn’t see this question in the comments previously so I’m sorry if it’s a repeat but have you ever made candied spearmint like the recipe you listed for lemon balm? I’m wondering how that would be…

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kim! I don’t think that’s been asked before, so thanks for the reminder! You can candy spearmint leaves, just like you would lemon balm leaves. (Other types of mint and rose petals work well too.)

  23. joni says:

    these recipes are awesome I cant wait to try them all. the question I have for you is, how do I dry the mint?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Joni, I’m happy that you like the recipes! I have some information on drying mint in this post that might help:
      “Gather up some leaves from your plant, then gently spread them out in a single layer on a paper towel and let them air dry where no one will disturb them for a few days. Let these dry until they feel fairly crispy. The leaves should still have a strong minty smell when you crumble one between your fingers.” Have fun with your mint! :)

  24. joni says:

    can I use everclear instead of vodka and brandy?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Joni, You sure can! In fact, I think it’s recommended by some herbalists, but I don’t have access to it in my area.

  25. Nichole says:

    I loved your recipes and plan to try them soon. I do have a question though. How long would the mint vinegar be good for?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Nichole! Infused vinegar should probably stay good at least 9 months to a year, and possibly even longer. Just be sure to keep any plant matter completely covered with vinegar while infusing and strain before storing long term.

  26. Cathy W says:

    I’ve got 4 mint plants out on the deck. I’ve noticed that we are getting fewer creepy crawlers and fearless flying blood suckers since I’ve put them in. This their second year, and have to re-pot them ’cause they really grow! Am thinking to add some mint to my citronella candles. That should keep the most daring bugs away!

  27. Rosie says:

    I am happy to have found your site. I’m a long time make-from-scratch person. Now I’ve lost my job due to injury, I’m having to learn about growing my from-scratch and how to make the most of them. Such as an abundance of dill, mint, coriander (you call it cilantro I think) and pumpkins etc. I have always made pickles, chutneys and freeze dehydrate bottle and bake. Your site helps me go that one step further.

  28. Carol Lett says:

    My daughter gave me a planter with 4 varities of mint for Mothers Day. Have used them in iced tea, hot tea and fruit salads. Yhey have really taken off so i my search for uses of mint stumbled upon your blog. Thank you for all suggestions, many of which I will try.

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