Better known as mint, peppermint has subtle “green” flavors, cooling effects, and distinct aroma. This is one versatile herb that can be used in cooking and healing! If you are lucky enough to have fresh mint leaves and you are wondering what to do with them, consider these tips:
Add to Summer Salads
Fresh mint leaves will definitely add a zing to your favorite salads! The delicate flavors of mint will complement any summer salad. Just crush or chop a couple of leaves, add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of minced ginger for added flavors.
Minty Ice Cubes
You don’t need to do much to create fancy summer drinks. You can make your very own party ice cubes at home by mixing chopped fresh mint leaves on an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water and stick it in the fridge. Use the minty ice cubes for cocktails or mocktails. You can also pop these babies out on a blender with fresh fruits to create a refreshing smoothie!
You can use mint leaves to banish stinky odors in the home. Just stick several handfuls of fresh mint leaves in your dehydrator or oven to dry them out. Once the leaves are dried, store the leaves on a piece of cheesecloth, secure the cloth with a ribbon and hang it on door knobs. You can also hang the DIY potpourri in the kitchen, living room, or other spots in the home that could use a burst of freshness! To enhance the scent of your potpourri, add several drops of essential mint oil.
Pesto is a classic Italian sauce made from basil, grated parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. This sauce is perfect for quick pasta dishes! As an added twist, you can use fresh mint leaves to mix up the traditional pesto recipe. Just chuck minced mint leaves in the mix to play up the flavor of the pesto!
As Appetite Stimulant
Did you know that fresh mint makes an excellent appetite stimulant? For those lucky few who needs to gain weight rather than lose them, here’s a great trick: drink mint tea 30 minutes before a meal. Mint leaves contain appetite-stimulating agents, allowing you to enjoy a meal! The herb also contains soothing compounds that reduce digestive issues, especially in children.
For Clear Skin
Mint helps cool the skin, reduce the size of pores, and refine the skin texture. You can make your own clarifying facial wash by using crushed fresh mint leaves. Place a handful of crushed mint leaves in a small pan of water. Let the water sit for an hour or so. You can also chill the water in the fridge for 30 minutes for extra coolness. Now used the water to wash your face!
Reduce Arthritic Pain
Yes, mint leaves are scientifically proven to reduce arthritic pain without side effects. Just apply a couple of drops of mint oil directly on the affected area and massage it in. The oil helps soothe inflammation and reduce swelling of the joint muscles.
Mint tea is the perfect drink to soothe frayed nerves and reduce anxiety. If you have fresh mint leaves, just boil about a handful in a pot and strain. Drink the liquid as tea three times a day for maximum relaxation!