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Re: Peppermint/spearmint uses --Feverfew?

Wow, Bonnie!

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
Zone 6/7

"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade."
Rudyard Kipling

In a message dated 6/11/2003 3:28:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
holmesbm@usit.net writes:

> 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
> holmesbm@usit.net

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