by Cynthia


Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

I recently have found a new favorite way of using herbs fresh from the garden. Last year I wrote about making Herbal Sun Teas and how easy they are to make not to mention good to drink on a hot summer day. Several weeks ago I took that general idea a little step further and made it even simpler. I have been taking a sprig of mint (or lemon verbena), washing it off and then slightly bruising it by giving it a twist. I then place the bruised sprig in a class of fresh cold water. After sitting just a few minutes the water takes on a slight hint of the mint or herb being used. It is really very refreshing and oh so easy!

lemon verbena

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Herbs like mint and lemon verbena need consistent pinching back to prevent them from getting scraggly and overgrown. This is a great way to do just that. The other day I filled up my son’s water bottle and before giving it to him I placed two sprigs of peppermint in it. He later commented on how nice the peppermint was when he got hot from playing outside.

Orange mint

Orange Mint (Mentha x piperita x citrata)

So if you have mint (or any other herb for that matter) growing in your garden don’t forget to drop a sprig or two into your glass of water when you come inside to cool down from working in the garden. I’m sure you will agree that it is a simple yet refreshing way to enjoy some of your herbs never ending bounty.

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