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10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Mint

 

A sad but true fact: I do not have a green thumb. I love trees, plants, farms and gardens. I love live, beautifully grown flowers and especially love freshly harvested food. But I have absolutely no idea how to grow anything myself, aside from sprouts. Sprouts are the extent of my green thumb.

There is only one thing I can grow with success, because everyone can: mint. It takes over gardens because it seems to not only be one of the toughest things to kill, but also to control in the garden.

Mint is my specialty!

I planted it a few years ago along with some other herbs, not realizing how hardy this plant is. I didn't take any of the precautions you are apparently supposed to take when dealing with mint such as creating a root barrier (what is this?) and now I have a wild abundance of mint growing.
Well, it's a good thing for me that I like this stuff. Not only does it taste fresh and delicious, it's also really good for us.

Fun Health Facts About Mint

  • It activates salivary glands, getting the digestive juices flowing and soothes stomach inflammation.
  • Eases sensations of nausea and when applied topically, is very useful in banishing headaches.
  • Helpful when dealing with congestion as compounds in mint aid in opening up the nasal passage as well as those of the lungs and bronchi.
  • Freshens breath (we all know this one!) and inhibits the growth of bacteria inside the mouth.
  • Soothes the digestive tract and reducing the severity and length of stomach aches.
  • Eases the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Slows the growth of many of the most harmful bacteria and fungi.
  • Can be helpful for allergies and asthma thanks to the well-documented antifungal properties.
  • Mint contains a phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol, which has been shown to prevent the formation of colon, skin and lung cancer.

I've made a ton of mint tea, minty smoothies and I've even juiced it. I'm trying to think outside the box though and have come up with a bunch of fun ideas in case any of you find yourselves in a similar mint-ful situation.

10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Mint

Mint and lemon water

  1. Salad Ingredient: Chop up a few leaves and add them to your salad along with some freshly grated ginger and lemon zest. The flavour combo is amazing and adds a great summery flare to your favourite salad.
  2. Jazz up your water: Flavour your water or lemonade with some smashed mint leaves.
  3. Fancy Ice Cubes: Adding chopped mint leaves or even mint tea to your ice cube tray is super cute and makes for fun summer sipping. Pop these ice cubes into your guests' drinks at a party or into your blender for a minty smoothie.
  4. Homemade Potpourri: Dry mint leaves in your dehydrator or oven at the lowest temperature. Once dried, chop slightly and put into a little sachet or piece of cheese cloth. Secure with a ribbon and hang on your door knobs or tuck inside your drawers.
  5. Add To Chocolate: I think many of us can agree that mint-chocolate is a match made in heaven. Take your raw cacao loving to a whole new level by adding a few mint leaves into recipes. My personal favourite is this Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe with the addition of 4-5 mint leaves.
  6. Chocolate Dip Them: What!? Yes! Take fresh mint leaves, one by one, and dip them in your favourite homemade or melted chocolate chips and let chill in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. Amazing!
  7. Juice It: Mint adds an amazing freshness to any pressed juice. Try it with some apple, cucumber and lemon. You might always want to swap the apple for watermelon if you have some on hand. Serious refreshment.
  8. Make A Tea: Fresh mint, chopped or even just mashed up a little and added to hot water makes a delicious digestive soothing tea.
  9. Tincture it: Chop up your fresh mint, fill a jar and add some organic vodka to the jar and shake, shake, shake. Shake daily for at least 4 weeks, and then strain out the mint and you have a mint medicine tincture (or a mint infused cocktail vodka!). More on tincture making here.
  10. Pesto. Need I say more? It's a summer classic and there's a great recipe here on the blog. Plus, you get to see some really funny vintage pics of me getting overly excited about plant matter.

Please enjoy this delicious and fresh mint pesto and as just one amazing way to use this easy to grow herb.

Basil Mint Pesto

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Yield: 2½ cups

A simple and fresh dairy-free mint pesto recipe. Perfect for summer!

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup walnut halves
  • 1½ cups basil leaves
  • 1½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Make It Like So
  1. Toast the walnuts in the oven or pan for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2. Combine the basil, mint and oil in a blender until smooth.
  3. Add the toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds and garlic and blend until pureed.
  4. Add the lemon juice and salt and blend once more.
  5. It’s now ready to be used or stored in the fridge in an air tight container or freeze in an ice cube tray and transfer to a freezer safe container to use later.

Photo Credits
Lemonade: iStock/oksix
Mint Bunch: iStock/Murika
Pesto: iStock/Boyrcr420

18 Responses to “10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Mint”

  1. Richard mancham said…
    Hi what would one use the mint pesticide for. Maybe with roast lamb or in a stew of lamb or and middle eastern dishes. What do you recommend please. Love your receipies. Thanks Richard and Jenny.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I'm not sure what you mean by "mint pesticide"?
      • Megan Selby said…
        I'm thinking she meant mint pesto.
  2. Richard mancham said…
    I love all the ideas and I cannot believe how useful mint is.
  3. Penny said…
    Yay! Thanks for this, I just found an herb booth at the farmer's market and grabbed my first ever bunch of fresh organic mint. I truly love mint infused water and even added a bit to my chocolate smoothie, but I was needing a few other great ideas. Perfect timing!
  4. Whollycowmilk said…
    Hello Meghan, Thanks to such a wonderful article, Is mint also work as a dental cure??
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I am not familiar with that application. Do you have any references? I'd be curious to learn more!
  5. We grew a bit of mint last year and it's gone crazy in our roof garden. These are great ideas to make use of it! Thanks.
  6. Angie said…
    My grandma used to put fresh mint in her pot while making peas. Her house Smelled great and she swears the peas taste best cooked with mint
  7. Sherrill Carlin said…
    I made mint jello by infusing mint leaves in water then I put Knox unflavored Gelatine in and addeded green food coloring
    • Sherrill Carlin said…
      I forgot, I took the leaves out before putting in ice box
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      It started off sounding awesome- but why the food colouring? I imagine the mint leaves would give the water a nice green hue?
      • Oemsie said…
        Even though most food coloring is obviously safe to eat, it's not really necessary.
  8. Kaijabwango Joseph said… May 11, 2017
    I have really love the wonderful session about mint leaves. I thought it can only be eaten in Chicken meat only ,but now I have come to learn that it can be mixed in any soup and taken in tea. Madam Telper : I s it good to take it as tea and mixing sugar? What are some diseases that can be prevented or treated by eating or drinking mint leaves? Madam is it recommended to chew these mint leaves which are an cooked?
    • Hi there! Yes, you can definitely drink mint tea with a little bit of natural sweetener. You can look through the "Fun Facts About Mint" in the blog post for information as to what conditions mint can help with.
  9. Gwynn Atkinson said… November 6, 2017
    And what about the most famous one of all - English mint sauce? Traditionally served with roast lamb or lamb chops. I keep a bottle of it in the fridge always. I use a spoon or two of the vinegar in salad dressings too : Finely chop washed (don’t bother to dry) mint leaves. Put in a small pot with vinegar to just cover. Add about half that amount of water. Add a heaped tsp sugar and a good shake of salt. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Pour into a jar and refrigerate. Lasts a long time.

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