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Mint Uses

 
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Mint and I have a love- hate relationship.  It thinks I should only grow it, I think I'd like some variety, but I do use it.

My goal is to harvest it down to reasonable, i.e. nothing left except the containered one. So I have been coming up with as many uses as I can for it.

Tabouli
Mint yogurt sauce for falafel
Mint extract
Mint icecream
Mint liqueur
Mint jelly for lamb
Mint-basil pesto
Mint tea
Mint and garlic as falafel seasoning
Mint mixed drinks
Chocolate covered mint leaves
Chocolate chip mint cookies
Chocolate-mint cake balls
Chocolate-mint latte
Chocolate mint cake..
(I guess anything chocolate mint really)
...Mint decorative leaves
Mint extract in homemade deodorant
Mint extract in homemade bruise/sore muscle rub
Mint extract in cleaners
Mint dried in potpourri
Mint as an antinauseant
Mint for sore throats
 
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Mint and cucumber slices in a jug of ice water - so refreshing!
 
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Mint and lamb go together exquisitely. Minced lamb, onion, parsley, mint, garlic, and a spicy pepper all blended together make for a great meat mixture. Put it on rice, in a pita, however you wish. I also love mint in rice-noodle based salads and rolls (think vermicelli and spring rolls).

… and of course, my favorite use: mint juleps!
 
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Don't forget breath freshener and toothpaste flavoring
 
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Some of the nutrition info for 2 tbsp fresh mint.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/226/2
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Mix minced leaves with cream cheese for a spread for crackers.

Add chopped mint to applesauce, baked apples, or fruit compotes.

Blend chopped mint with orange juice.

Put sprigs in salads.



 
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Well, of course, ifyou don't want to make everything you eat and drink out of mint, then you can use it as mulch on other planting areas
 
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Rebecca,  mint here roots too easy to use as mulch.

Here is a recipe for mint syrup: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/simple-mint-syrup-recipe.html

Basically a simple syrup with mint flavoring.

The 6yo girls here just worked on some candied mint leaves. They also thought marshmallow mint and chocolate would be yummy.
 
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Me and my daughter planted two strawberry plants in her little 8'x2' plot.
I cleared a square foot of soil for them.
A week latter, I checked on them-they were no where to be seen.
Careful weeding of the MINT that had covered it, revealed them, barely alive.
I added circles of cardboard mulch, to give the strawberry plants a chance.


I dried my gleanings in the microwave, then I saw this thread, so thank you!

 
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I keep a dropper bottle (alcohol tincture) of peppermint in my car for headaches and nausea. I also have peppermint infused oil, with rose and rosemary for headaches. It's a great digestive. You can take the mint tea 1/2 hour before meals to aid in digestion. Good luck putting all that mint to use! I adore invasive plants....they're so easy to grow!
 
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Cooking it into hydrosol, great to spray around, brilliant natural air refresher in the car.
 
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Thank you for this thread!

I love mint, and would really love to use more of it.

Another use can be bug repellent. Most bugs don’t like to be around it.
 
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Has anybody incorporated dried and crushed mint into soap? I don't mean using mint oil, that has been done to death. I mean incorporating the entire leaf so that you have an abrasive bar that also has the benefits of mint aroma. I should have Googled this first, so here I go.

I found several examples on Google Images. Turns out you can crush up just about any herb and put it into soap. Some just crushed it and others ran it through a coffee grinder and powdered it. I assume it will be mildly abrasive. The bars with bigger chunks will probably leave a residue in the sink that has to be rinsed out. Seems like a lot less fuss than trying to extract essential oils.

I know that most animals don't like to eat mint and that mint is repellent to many insects. So it seems like a good thing to mix with bedding.

Weevils get into grains that are stored. I wonder if mint would be a deterrent. Seems like it would be easy enough to sort out of the grain when cooking, and if you miss a bit, it won't do any harm.
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