RE: Peppermint/spearmint uses
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
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
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
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
> [Original Message]
> From: Melody <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Date: 06/09/2003 8:45:14 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Peppermint/spearmint
> Does anyone on the list know a good use for peppermint/spearmint
> **besides** herbal tea????? I have a bed full of the stuff and I'm tired
> of just wasting it...would like to give a try to making a
> peppermint/spearmint infused lotion for my aching muscles/tired feet but
> haven't a clue how to go about such a thing...Spent last night on the
> web trying to figure out how to do this but the information on how to
> make the raw plant into an oil that can be infused into a lotion or
> other such base was pretty skimpy. I'm tempted to just start
> experimenting and see what happens...Any help/comments/advice would be
> greatly appreciated!!!!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
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