If you are growing any mint in your garden you are probably looking for ways to use it. Mint is a rapid grower and take over a garden pretty quick. One great use for mint is to make tea also known as an herbal infusion.
An herbal infusion is a method of extracting flavor and nutrients from plant material. Herbal tea is a water based infusion. In part 2 I will talk about oil and vinegar based infusions. Herbal teas are great tasting, good for your health and couldn’t be easier to make.Here’s how:
How to Make an Herbal Infusion – Herbal Tea
1 c. fresh flowers or leaves (well washed and dried) or ½ c dried (adjust as you like)
Place them in a quart jar.
Boil water and add it to the plant material. Cover with a lid.
Let steep for about an hour (adjust as you like – the longer the stronger – even overnight )
Strain and drink right away or place in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage. Keeps for up to 3 days.
Safety note: Sanitize your jars first by running them through the dishwasher.
Mints – apple, peppermint, pineapple, orange, chocolate
Lemon – lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon basil
Licorice – anise hyssop
Floral – lavender, rose petals, peony petals