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.
Mint yogurt sauce for falafel
Mint jelly for lamb
Mint and garlic as falafel seasoning
Mint mixed drinks
Chocolate covered mint leaves
Chocolate chip mint cookies
Chocolate-mint cake balls
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
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).
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!
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!
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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