If you’ve read up on the gardening tips that we have on our website, then many of you may have gone ahead and started your own herb garden at home. Given this, you may have an excess amount of mint leaves lying around. Instead of letting the mint leaves go to waste, why not use them. This is easier said than done as many of you may not know where to begin when it comes to using mint leaves. To help you out with this, here are four interesting uses for mint leaves that you need to try out.
Food and Drinks
Let’s start with the most obvious uses for mint leaves. Mint leaves have always been popular in the culinary world. Whether it be adding mint to salads or sprinkling it over fruits, mint adds an extra injection of flavor to any dish.
Aside from adding mint leaves to dishes, you can also use them to make drinks. Mint leaves are a great addition to mojitos, iced tea, and even lemonade as they can make your drink infinitely more refreshing. Aside from the drinks mentioned above, you can also make tea out of mint leaves. Not only will mint leaves make a light and refreshing tea, but mint tea is also good for you as it can help with digestion.
Aside from food and drinks, mint leaves can also be used as a beauty product alternatives. Instead of using hair products, you can create a hair rinse that’s good for your hair. All that you have to do is to combine one part mint tea with one part cider vinegar. You can use this mixture as a conditioning rinse for your hair.
You can also use mint leaves as a facial astringent. This may take a little more work but trust us when we say that it’ll all be worth it in the end. What you need to do is to mix minced mint leaves with a cup of witch hazel. You’ll need to store this in a glass jar for at least a week. Once it’s ready, strain the herbs from the mixture and use it as needed.
Seeing as mint is often used in oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, it’s not surprising that mint leaves can be used for these purposes as well. In fact, you can even make your own mouthwash. All you’ll need to do is to get a quarter cup of mint leaves, bee-balm, lemon balm, basil, thyme, or oregano leaves and infuse them in a quart of boiling water. Wait for the mixture to cool and strain the herbs out. To make it last as long as possible, store the mixture in your refrigerator.
Aside from making mouthwash, you can also use mint leaves as a breath freshener. What’s great about this is you don’t have to do anything. You can just chew on the mint leaves to freshen your breath.
We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you how to make the most out of mint leaves. While some of these suggestions may be new to you, we implore you to give them a chance. Many of the things we’ve listed above will surely come in handy, as they can be pretty appealing alternatives to products that you may already be using.
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