Welcome back friends! Let’s get cozy and have a cup of tea!
I am fortunate enough to own a spearmint plant that has flourished in its container and I want to show you how to harvest, dry and brew your own spearmint tea!
Beyond being a warm and comforting beverage, spearmint tea has numerous proven and/or potential health benefits, including:
- Fighting bacterial infections.
- Relieving digestive upsets.
- High in antioxidants.
- May aid in balancing hormones.
- May lower blood pressure.
- May lower blood sugar.
- May help reduce stress.
- May help relieving arthritis pain.
- May improve memory function.
- Mint leaves
- Trim the mint back, then pluck the best leaves from the stems. If you do not want or need to trim the mint back, you could also pluck the best leaves directly from the plant.
- Wash the leaves thoroughly with fresh water, then place them in a salad spinner to remove any excess water.
- Line a baking sheet with with a baking mat or parchment paper and spread the mint leaves on the prepared baking sheet. Be careful not to crowd them.
- Turn your oven on to it’s lowest setting (for many this will be 170F).
- Place the mint leaves in the oven and bake them until dry. This could only take 10 to 15 minutes, but it varies by oven strength so keep an eye on them! They will be curled and make a dry rustling sound when nudged with a utensil.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool.
- You can store the leaves in an airtight container or brew some tea right away!
- Use an infuser and keep the leaves whole or grind them up. If you do grind them up, smaller pieces will make their way out of the infuser and float around in your tea. This isn’t a bad thing, just personal preference!