What can I do with all of this Mint? 10 ways to use up all of your extra mint!

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You know we complain when a plant doesn’t produce enough and we complain when a plant produces too much. Mint is one of those herbs that does very well. In fact, it can do too well. So, do yourself a favor – don’t plant mint directly into the ground. ALWAYS plant it in a pot. That way you can control the chaos. I have a pot buried in the ground with mint in it!

Controlling the chaos. Is that even possible?

Let’s figure out some ways to use Mint –  this awesome, fragrant, medicinal herb.

  1. Make Sorbet: When life gives you mint – make sorbet!
  2. Add it your Water: Add some sprigs of mint and lemon to your water to jazz it up.
  3. Dip the leaves in Dark Chocolate: Let’s be honest, you could dip ants in dark chocolate and they would taste divine… But mint really just adds so much yumminess to the chocolate. Melt some dark chocolate, dip some of the leaves in there and put in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. I LOVE these with some hot coffee.
  4. Add it to your Iced Tea: I am from the south where it is the norm to have sweet iced tea. Even though sweet tea tastes so good – it is not good for you. Adding some mint and stevia to some iced tea tastes just as good maybe even better!
  5. Use is it in your floral Arrangements: A lot of times I will just take some fresh mint and put it in a vase or a mason jar or add it to a floral arrangement. It is a beautiful and fragrant addition.
  6. Add it to your Cocktails: Make Mint Juleps, Nectar of the Ancient, or this Strawberry-Lillet Crush.
  7. Strawberries and Mint: They go together like peas and carrot. Seriously, try it out! Mix strawberries, mint, honey and lemon juice to make a beautiful strawberry mint salad.
  8. Add it to a recipe: Add it to vegetables, make a pesto or make ice cream!
  9. Make bath salts: Dry peppermint leaves and add them to epsom salts for a muscle easing soak.
  10. Make mint jelly: Great with lamb or as a dessert topping.
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Melissa has a background in marketing, brand management, graphic design and photography. She left corporate America to pursue her dream of living a simpler life. Simpler doesn’t always mean easier but she enjoys every minute on her small homestead. She loves to cook, practice herbalism and gardening. Her passion is spreading the word about sustainable living and sharing her love of herbalism and living from scratch.

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