Spearmint has many culinary, herbal remedy, and other surprising uses. This is a guide about uses for spearmint.
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If you have ever planted spearmint, you know that it is prolific! I have lots of it, and lots to spare. So here are 12 things to do with spearmint!
I haven't even mentioned all the wonderful drinks and foods it is normally added to! Some folks freeze a few leaves in ice cube trays to add to soups or drinks too! Fun and fancy. Enjoy!
By AHA! from Sterling, PA
Several years ago, I was at a spa. Upon arrival, I was served an ice-cold glass of water. It was so hot out and I was VERY thirsty. The water tasted different and I asked the attendant what was in it. She said just a 'smidge' of spearmint oil. I'd never heard of such a thing.
They sold 2 essential oils at the front counter; lavender and spearmint. I purchased both and began experimenting right away! A little goes a long way! For a regular-sized pitcher, just one drop is all you need. For a glass, just wet your fingertip and stir in!
I actually tried lavender water, too, but didn't care for it.
I love this scent combination when my body is feeling tired. But buying it at the store is much too expensive. So I figured out how to make my own eucalyptus spearmint blend. I placed the salts in a jar I painted with dots. It's all green, in honor of my spring fever.
Approximate Time: 5 minutes
By Aysha from Boise, ID
Editor's Note: To see how Aysha made this beautiful bottle, see her previous post here:
Wash, dry, and store fresh spearmint from your garden in a plastic baggy in the fridge for 4-5 days. Add to tea being brewed or add fresh leaves to iced tea along with fresh lemon and sweetener of choice. Amazingly refreshing!
Editor's Note: It is also a good addition to lemonade.
Beware of the coming seasonal flying insects that are attracted to floral and fruity scents! Be as safe as possible and invest in a bottle of Ivory Liquid dish soap and put 10-12 drops of wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint essential oil in it and shake it up! You will feel especially clean and the bugs will like you a lot less! (I use mine on my person and in my hair!)
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
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