Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Peppermint has a refreshing, cooling fragrance and a sweet, woody flavor with hints of eucalyptus, that can wake up the senses and freshen the breath.
It's said that the menthol in peppermint leaves is much more concentrated, resulting in a characteristic cooling sensation when consumed or applied to the skin.
This higher concentration of menthol also accounts for many of the medicinal uses of mint leaves, such as treating or alleviating the discomfort of indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, improving respiratory health and the health of the liver, lungs, and large intestine.
🡆 Overusing peppermint may induce headaches, mouth sores, low blood pressure, and heartburn.
◉ As a spice, it's excellent in sauces for lamb, oven-roasted potatoes, carrots, grain salads, or stuffings for vegetables and poultry.
◉ You can steep it in cream and milk for various desserts. It's also incredible together with chocolate!
◉ As a repellent for flies, fleas, ants, and actual mice, place small sachets or bags stuffed with dried mint leaves in the area you wish to protect.
◉ Last but not least, it makes for an incredibly refreshing herbal tea.
Hot Brew Instructions
Boil 250ml of water. Reduce to low and simmer 1-2 tsp of herb for 5-7 minutes. Strain. Enjoy!
Cold Brew Instructions
Put 1-2 tsp of the herb in a glass jar with 250 ml of filtered water. Put the lid on and shake. Put the jar in the refrigerator for at least 12-14 hours. Strain. Enjoy your cold brew tea.