Benefits of Peppermint Tea and Other Creative Uses

Benefits of Peppermint Tea

Since the weather where I live finally turned a corner and decided to be warm I’ve taken some time each morning to walk our property. Yesterday I found that our peppermint (Mentha piperita) patch is up and thriving.



We go through quite a bit of mint here at the farm. One of the things we can always count on selling is bag after bag of peppermint tea. Drying it all feels like a shame though. At the same time aren’t we all tired of tea and mint garnishes?

Benefits of the Peppermint Plant

Peppermint is an important medicinal that we often use for its delicious taste. It is very soothing to the digestion. Most would not expect to find out that it is very helpful in the nervous system as well. In a world where everyone is looking for their next caffeinated fix, peppermint can be a much better choice for an energy boost. It is even a pretty decent pain reliever.

New Ways to Use Peppermint

With such a useful and delicious culinary herb in the backyard I feel it is my duty to find some creative ways to use it in my food. Why be boring with your supplements? What if I told you you could have your supplements in dessert? To make something special with peppermint first you need a base to work with. Here in Ohio we have a great grass-fed dairy that makes the most wonderful cream (Snowville Creamery)! Perfect inspiration, so I’ve decided it’s a perfect place to start on my sweet tooth this week.

Mint Infused Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh picked peppermint (torn or finely chopped)

Directions

Add the cream to a small saucepan. Warm gently until there is just a hint of steam. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add mint to the pan and cover. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and chill.

How to use this cream

Use this mint cream as a base for hot cocoa, make ice cream, fudge popsicles, or turn it into chocolate icing. Fresh strawberries are coming soon–peppermint infused whipped cream is just the ticket.

Mint Whipped Cream

Ingredients

Directions

Chill a metal bowl and add your cold cream and sugar. Whip with a hand mixer until soft peaks are formed. Be careful not to over whip real cream or you’ll just have mint infused butter.

Still have too much peppermint?

If you do happen to have a lot of peppermint growing and you wish to dry some be careful with your choice of where you do so. The volatile oils in peppermint are sensitive so it is best to dry in a dim space so they aren’t damaged by light. Heat and air flow are the next most important things to consider. In a best case scenario your peppermint should dry on the stem in one or two days. Keep the leaves as whole as possible and your peppermint will be ready for a cup of tea, or a cupcake icing, any time you are!

What are your favorite ways to use peppermint? Share in the comments section below?

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Comments

  1. Peppermint tea is great for relieving headaches. I would have never believed it, had I not tried it.

  2. I love mint! I make s simple syrup with lime and mint. Awesome for mint limeade or mixed drinks keeps up to three months in fridge!

  3. I twist a few sprigs and put it in the chicken coop for ants and freshness. Also the same at the base of my hive to deter ants.

  4. only one caution to add: those with acid reflux might want to stay away from peppermint as it can make it worse. But I love the idea of mint infused whipped cream…yummy

  5. I love adding a handful of mint to the basic basil pesto recipe. The first time I heard about this I thought it would be terrible but when I tasted it I realized the flavours really work together.