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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.



(image from cupandleaf.com)


For this badge bit, you will create a Peppermint Leaf Infusion:
- Make a journal page about a recipe for a peppermint infusion along with dosage information.
- Make a peppermint infusion, with pictures of it being made, and of it being finished.

Optional:
- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and how to ID and how to grow peppermint. Add it to the herb section.

Here are some links to guide you in researching lavender and in creating your infusion:
https://www.cupandleaf.com/blog/how-to-make-peppermint-tea
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/peppermint-leaf/profile
 

To document this BB, post pictures or a 2-minute video depicting the following:
- Your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for peppermint infusion
- Your peppermint leaves being harvested
- Your leaves in solution with a description of any other ingredients you used (if you used any)

Optional:
- Your journal page about peppermint's attributes
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I use the calming effects of peppermint as an infusion or tea.  The mint is harvested from the yard, chopped and bruised, hot water is poured over the leaf and covered.  Ten minutes later the liquid is strained into my cup.  Because I drink the tea right away there is nothing to store for later.  I am not using this to resolve specific issues so a dosing amount is not necessary.
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I made a peppermint infusion the other day!  I infused it in hot water.

My journal is a MSWord-like document so I just copy/pasted the text here instead of taking a picture of my computer screen:

Infusions
Basic water recipe:
4-6T dried herb or 6-8T fresh into a quart jar
Fill jar with boiling water
Steep for 30-45 minutes
Strain and drink

Basic tea recipe:
1-2T fresh or dried herb in tea ball
Steep in nearly boiling water in tea cup or mug
Add maple syrup or honey to taste
Drink when cool enough to not burn  

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Peppermint leaves being harvested
Peppermint leaves being harvested
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Leaves in solution (maple syrup added later for sweetness)
Leaves in solution (maple syrup added later for sweetness)
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In the final storage container
In the final storage container
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With syrup added
With syrup added
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My son wanted mint tea--so I took pictures for the badge bit!
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Mint patch
Mint patch
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Mint picked and placed in colander, set on the mint patch
Mint picked and placed in colander, set on the mint patch
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Mint in water
Mint in water
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10 minutes later--tea/infusion is done!
10 minutes later--tea/infusion is done!
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Cup of mint tea
Cup of mint tea
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Tea being consumed by happy son
Tea being consumed by happy son
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Journal page, and awesome reference material!
Journal page, and awesome reference material!
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I think it might not be necessary to require a permanent labeled jar picture for infusions, since most people drink them by the cup as teas/tisanes.
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Peppermint infusion
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Jennifer Richardson wrote:I think it might not be necessary to require a permanent labeled jar picture for infusions, since most people drink them by the cup as teas/tisanes.



[edit]My reading comprehension was evidently not doing well (hard to concentrate when kids keep asking me things, lol!), and I thought Jen was asking to have a labeled jar requirement. I didn't see that crucial not in her sentence! If nothing else, my below post is a great support for why we don't need a labeled jar! [/edit]

I'm wondering why they'd need to be put into jars. I'm looking at Dr Tilgner's book "Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth," and she has a section on how to make herbal preparations. On page 430, is the page for making teas. I'm just going to quote it, because I am by no means an expert, and basically followed her page for my instruction for making a peppermint infusion.

(I'm hoping she doesn't mind I quoted such a large section. The entire book is amazing and wholey recommend it to anyone looking for in-depth herbal knowledge! Consider any and all grammar and spelling errors in the below quote to be due to my own mis-typing.)


Infusions:

Infusions are used for extraction of labile constituents such as vitamins, enzymes and volatile oils. the aerial parts of herbs such as flowers and leaves are usually used for infusions.

Directions for one cup of infusion:
Two recommended methods for hot infusion:

(A) Add one cup of boiling water to one tablespoon of dry herb or three tablespoons of fresh herb in an air tight container like a canning jar.

(B) Bring one cup of water to boil in a stainless steal or glass kettle. Remove the kettle from the burner and add one heaping tablespoon of the dry herb or three heaping tablespoons of fresh herb to the water. Cover the kettle with a tight-fitting lid.

Steep for 10-15 minutes.. R Remove the lid, strain and drink the liquid. The tea can be consumed hot or cold, depending on the specific usage. Large quantities can be made and stored in the refrigerator. Do not store tea for longer than 3 days because it may grow mold. It is best to make teas as they are needed.



I'm thinking the jar method (A) is the one Jennifer is mentioning, and is a totally valid method, especially for those storing for drinking later. But the non-jar method also seems to be valid for infusions.
 
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I hope it's ok but I already changed the requirements to not require a picture in a jar.
 
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My reading comprehension is so low today, LOL! I though Jennifer was asking for there to be a requirement for a labeled jar, not the other way around!

Sorry!

And, thank you, Mike, for removing it the requirement!
 
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After the discussion here on requirements for the BB, I hope I do it right.

Photos:

Page on Peppermint in my Journal


Page on Peppermint Leaf Infusion in my Journal


Harvesting some Peppermint leaves


Peppermint Leaf Infusion almost ready

It's only Peppermint leaves in hot water, nothing else.
And then I drank it ...  

(Edited so now the photos must be visible to everyone)

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Time for a cup of tea.

Picking fresh peppermint leaves.


I used a tea ball to steep the leaves.


Steeped until cool enough to drink.


Peppermint page from my natural medicine notebook, with directions for infusion.
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I boiled 4 cups of water and let it cool for 2 minutes then added 0.80 fresh peppermint plant (cut up) and let brew for about 10 minutes.  The water was 186 degrees F when I put the peppermint leaves in.
No sugar or any additional ingredients for this first brew test.

I found it to be pleasantly sweet and hours later, the flavor was more intense instead of bland like I expected based on my experience with store-bought teas.

Comments from my Taster:
  • I was not expecting it to be this flavorful.
  • It is really mild and the flavor lingers on my tongue.
  • This would be great when I have a head cold or want something comforting.
  • This may spoil me for store-bought dry tea.
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    Peppermint patch with clippers that I harvested from
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    0.80 oz in pot at 186F
    0.80 oz fresh mint was put in pot at 186F
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    Brew pot of leaves with two cups of tea.
    Brew pot of leaves with two cups of tea.
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    Peppermint Tea "recipe" in my digital journal
    Peppermint Tea "recipe" in my digital journal
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    general information on peppermint in my digital journal
    general information on peppermint in my digital journal
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