Re: Peppermint/spearmint uses --Feverfew?
Impressive! Does anyone know any uses for feverfew? I have this stuff
growing all over my yard! It's starting to take over. I'm not crazy about how it
looks (a little weedy), so I might just yank it, but I may reconsider if it
has any useful purpose whatsoever.
Long Island, NY
"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade."
In a message dated 6/11/2003 3:28:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I think these methods sound easier...hope you have happy feet soon!!!
> Bath herbs: Calendula, Comfrey, Houseleek, Lady's mantle, Spearmint, Yarrow
> Herbal bath bags: Easiest is to place a small herb-filled infuser in the
> water or put handful of herbs in center of a piece of cheesecloth or fine
> gauze, tie securely and hand over hot-water tap.
> Herbal bath infusions: Instead of adding the herb, extract by infusing 10
> oz of dried herb or large handful of fresh herbs in 2 1/2 cups of boiled
> water. Leave for 10 minutes+, strain and pour into the tub.
> Skin-soothing vinegar baths: Bring 2 1/2 vups of cider vinegar and a
> handful of fresh bath herbs slowly to boil, then infuse overnight. Strain
> and bottle.
> Facial steams: 2 handfuls fresh herbs or 3 tbs dried; clean face in normal
> way; place herbs in bowl or jug and pour over 6 cups of boiling water; stir
> with wooden spoon; hold face 12-18 in away, making a tent over your head
> and bowl with a towel; keep eyes closed and remain for 10--15 minutes.
> Rinse with cool water and splash with cold water. A diluted herbal vinegar
> dabbed on with absorbent cotton will tighten pores.
> Green herbal mask: 2 handfuls of fresh herbs or 3 tbs dried (softened by
> soaking in boiled water overnight); add 2 tbs of distilled or mineral water
> and blend at high speed; to thicken, add fuller's earth or almonds until
> desired consistency. Apply the mixture to slightly moist skin, rest with
> feet higher. Leave mask on for 20-30 min. before removing with warm water.
> Finish with pore-closing infusion.
> Scented sachet: Citrus blend of spearmint, costmary, lemon verbena and
> pine-scented thyme.
> Mints are an aid to digestion and can be used individually or blended.
> Excellent in mint sauce, syrups, vinegar and in teas. Add to new potatoes,
> to garlic and cream cheese dip, to yogurt dressing or drink, mix with
> chocolate cakes, bake with raisins or currants in pastry, crystallize the
> leaf for decoration.
> Peppermint syrup: 4 cups loosely packed peppermint leaves, white sugar,
> green food color (optional); place leaves in saucepan with just enough
> water to cover. Simmer for 30 min. Strain through jelly bag for 1 hr.
> For each cup liquid, add one cup sugar. Place in pan and simmer for 15
> min. Add fool color. Bottle, label and date or freeze.
> Sweet herb sorbet: 1/2 cup superfine sugar; 1 cup water; 1/4 cup spearmint
> leaves (or apple mint, lemon balm, scented geranium or rosemary); juice of
> 1 lemon; 1 egg white; Decoration - spearmint leaves; Place sugar in
> saucepan, add water, bring to boil, stir until sugar dissolves. Chop
> leaves, add to pan, cover, remove from heat. Leave to infuse for 20-30
> min. Test for flavor; if too light, bring to boil again and leave to infuse
> for 15 min. more. Strain liquid, add lemon juice. Transfer to ice-cube
> tray and freeze for 2-3 hrs. When semi frozen, whisk egg white until stiff
> and fold into mixture. Return to freezer until frozen (3-4 hours). Serve
> in individual dishes and decorate with mint leaves.
> Angelica and mint sandwich: good handful of fresh young angelica leaves,
> good handful of fresh mint leaves, 1-2 tsp mayonnaise, 2-4 slices
> wholewheat or rye bread. Pass leaves through food mill or chop very
> finely; mix herbs together; toast bread and spread with mayonnaise;
> sprinkle thick layer of herb mixture on top, cover or leave open. Quarter
> and serve.
> Melon, tomato, mint salad: 8 oz cantaloupe; 8 oz firm tomatoes cut into
> thin wedges; 6 oz cucumber, peeled and grated; 1/2 cup finely chopped mint;
> 1 cup plain yogurt; salt &pepper; GARNISH with mint. Cut melon into balls
> or cubes; combine melon, tomato and cucumber in large salad bowl; stir mint
> into yogurt to make dressing &pour over salad. Season and garnish.
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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