Discover 5 Ways to Use Fresh Mint From Your Garden When You Got Too Much of It Today

Anyone who grows mint in pots can attest to how much of it there is. By the time that you cut down a bunch, there’s a thicker bush in its place! You could often have more mint leaves than ways to use fresh mint.

And that is where I come in!

I’ve been growing mint in pots for the past 3 years, and every year my mint grows larger than the year before. Over time, I’ve been collecting ways to use fresh mint at home and to take advantage of the many uses of mint.

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Mint is used for so many things that it will blow your mind! So without further ado, let’s talk about the many ways to use fresh mint at home.

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1. Use Fresh Mint Leaves To Make Candied Mint Leaves

When I don’t know what to do with fresh mint, I make candied mint leaves! This is definitely one of my favorite fresh mint uses. You get the benefits of eating mint, like how it’s rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, while still indulging in something sweet!

I like to think that candied mints are better than other mint treats because of how potent the oils are in fresh mint compared to manufactured sweets.

Here’s how to make candied mint. Brush some egg white water on both sides of clean fresh mint leaves. Right after that, sprinkle sugar over the coated mint leaves on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make sure the mint isn’t touching each other.

Wait 24 hours for the coating to dry, and store in an air-tight container!

You can eat candied mint leaves by themselves, or use the mint leaves for a garnish in drinks, pastries, cakes, or ice cream!

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2. Make Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves [Trust Me, You’ll Be Better Off…]

Now, why would I say you’re better off using fresh mint leaves when you can get your own tea? One thing about many herbal products is that they can have lots of fillers, pesticides, contamination, or they’re just not worth your money.

Mint tea [and all dried herbs for that matter] could have been harvested months ago before it reached your grocery basket. That means you are missing out on so much mint flavor that you could be enjoying instead.

By growing your own mint in pots, you’ll have fresh, potent leaves to use whenever you like.

Herbal teas can be steeped as long as you like. After steeping your fresh mint leaves, all you have to do is add sugar and a bit of lemon, and now you’re in minty paradise. Way better than gambling with pesticides in your tea.

3. Leave Your Mint Plant Alone For Pollinators

Sometimes, the best way to use fresh mint is to not use it at all. Mint flowers are pollinator magnets and can attract them to your garden. So if you have no idea what to do with fresh mint, leave your mint plant alone and leave it for the bees.

When you figure out what to use fresh mint for, you’ll have to cut your mint plant down. When mint plants flower, they focus their energy on blossoming, so the leaves don’t taste as good. By cutting down your mint, your mint plant will start to focus on its leaves again for your to use.

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4. Use Fresh Mint Leaves to Infuse Your Water

Staying hydrated is something that you should value in life. But it doesn’t always have plain water.

If you’re not fascinated by plain water, spice it up by adding some crushed mint leaves to infuse in your water. I recommend using an infuser water bottle so you don’t have fresh mint floating around.

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5. Use Fresh Mint to Make Your Breath, Minty Fresh!

Let me preface this: This is not a replacement to maintain dental hygiene. Listen to your dentist.

Mint is the main ingredient in toothpaste and breath mints, so why not just, eat a leaf? It’s basically a natural breath mint without alkaline sugars. So don’t be shy to just eat one!

What’s Next?

What’s next is to try out some of these recipes! Learn how to grow mint from cuttings because honestly, you can never have enough mint! Or if you don’t know what other herbs to grow, try growing some rosemary, or grow basil in pots.

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And that’s all for now. Happy Gardening, till we meet again.

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