In case you missed them, here are the mint related recipes I’ve already shared:
Here are a few more quick and easy ideas for your fresh mint:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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