Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mint from My Garden

My little herb garden. Stevia, lemon verbena, lemon balm and mint.

Mint is rich is Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as containing a small amount of Vitamin B2. 
 Benefits of mint:

  • Aids digestion and can ease an upset tummy
  • Here's an obvious one ~ discourages, or covers up, bad breath. 
  • Eases morning sickness. I remember mint chocolate chip ice cream being one of my favorite "cures" for morning sickness when I was pregnant with my daughter. Unfortunately, when I was pregnant with my son, I only found Pringles to give me temporary relief from morning sickness.
  • Stress reducer. A cup of tea, with the warm scent of mint, can be so relaxing.
  • Reduce migraines with a cup of mint tea (goes along with the stress reducing properties of mint).
  • Antioxidant which may prevent cancer.
  • Helps alleviate nasal allergies.
  • Relieves congestion and head colds.

I've found the easiest way to dry herbs is on a hanger. I secure a rubber band around the hanger. I then wrap the rubber band around a few sprigs of herbs.

I added a few fresh sprigs of mint to a jar of water to make a little sun tea. Yum.

Or use your fresh mint in a tabouleh salad! Recipe HERE.

Hearth & Soul Hop 


  1. Mine flowered before I attended to it. Don't dare cut back drastically in our drought. So I just pick a few leaves when I need it...made great tabouli,mmm. Next year will watch it closer!

  2. Diana, I love tabouli! Thanks for the reminder. :) Darn drought.

  3. Somehow in haste I deleted two comments....

    Luckily I did read them first. :)

    Kristy ~ thank you for the invite, I'm headed on over!

    The other comment was a question about tabouli/tabouleh recipe. It's so easy - prepare bulgar according to package (or I've used quinoa instead which is very good), chop up some mint, tomatoes and cucumbers. Toss with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Frig. YUM!

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  5. Here's a recipe for tabouli!

  6. thank you for taking the time to share with us at The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop - we hope to see you again this week with more incredible posts! xo, kristy

  7. I spent the weekend drying herbs, including mint. I like how you hung several bunches on a hanger. I will be featuring this post on my H&S Hop highlights.

  8. Thank you, Alea, for the honorable mention! :)

  9. Thank you for this informative post. I needed a reminder to start drying my mint, stevia, and oregano. How do you make sun tea?

  10. Judee, I just threw in some mint leaves into a jar of water (about a handful of mint and a quart of water). It wasn't too strong but it had a subtle minty flavor.