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Grow And Brew Peppermint Tea

Updated: Jun 10



I love to grow fresh mint in my garden. I grow several varieties of mint in pots near my front porch. But I have to confess my favorite of all is peppermint! There is nothing like a cup of peppermint tea made from fresh of dried leaves. That sweet, unmistakeable aroma will make you swoon. It is so easy to grow, all you really have to do is make sure it doesn’t take over!


Let’s get you started growing a fresh cup of tea!


Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a versatile and aromatic herb that’s cherished for its refreshing scent, culinary uses, and medicinal properties. Growing peppermint in your garden or indoors is relatively easy and rewarding. Once you have a thriving peppermint plant, you can use its leaves to make a delightful and soothing peppermint tea. This blog post will guide you through the process of growing peppermint and making your own peppermint tea.


Growing Peppermint


Choose the Right Location


Peppermint is a hardy perennial plant that can thrive in a variety of environments, but it prefers a cool, moist climate. Here are some tips to help you choose the best location for your peppermint plant:


  • Sunlight: Peppermint prefers partial shade to full sunlight. If you live in a hot climate, it’s better to provide some afternoon shade to prevent the leaves from scorching.

  • Soil: Peppermint grows best in rich, well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. You can improve your soil by adding organic matter like compost.

  • Space: Peppermint can spread quickly and become invasive. To prevent this, consider planting it in containers or using barriers in your garden.


Planting Peppermint


You can start growing peppermint from seeds, cuttings, or nursery plants. Here’s how to do it:


  • From Seeds: Peppermint seeds can be sown indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of moist soil and lightly press them in. Keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds germinate, which usually takes 10-15 days. Once the seedlings have a few sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted outdoors.

  • From Cuttings: Take a 4-6 inch cutting from a healthy peppermint plant. Remove the lower leaves and place the cutting in water or directly into moist soil. If using water, wait until roots form (usually 1-2 weeks) before transplanting to soil.

  • From Nursery Plants: Purchase a peppermint plant from a nursery and transplant it into your garden or a container. Make sure to plant it at the same depth it was growing in the pot.


Caring for Peppermint


Peppermint is relatively low-maintenance, but a few care tips will help your plant thrive:


  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry.

  • Fertilizing: Peppermint doesn’t require much fertilizer. A light application of compost or a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring should suffice.

  • Pruning: Regularly trim the tips of the plant to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming leggy. Remove any flowers that appear to keep the plant focused on producing leaves.

  • Pests and Diseases: Peppermint is generally pest-resistant, but it can be susceptible to aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil if you notice an infestation. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases like powdery mildew.





Harvesting Peppermint


You can start harvesting peppermint leaves once the plant is well-established, usually about 3-4 months after planting. Here’s how to harvest:


  • Timing: The best time to harvest peppermint is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day sets in. This is when the essential oils are most concentrated.

  • Method: Use scissors or garden shears to cut the stems, leaving at least one-third of the plant intact to encourage regrowth. Harvest regularly to keep the plant healthy and productive.

  • Drying and Storing: To dry the leaves, spread them out on a clean surface in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Once dried, store the leaves in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.





Making Peppermint Tea


Once you have harvested your peppermint leaves, making peppermint tea is a simple and enjoyable process. Here’s how to do it:


Fresh Peppermint Tea


Ingredients:

• 1 handful of fresh peppermint leaves

• 2 cups of water

• Honey or lemon (optional)


Instructions:

Rinse the fresh peppermint leaves under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

Add the peppermint leaves to a teapot or a heatproof container.

Pour the boiling water over the leaves and cover the teapot.

Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.

Strain the leaves and pour the tea into cups.

Add honey or lemon to taste, if desired.


Dried Peppermint Tea


Ingredients:

• 1-2 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves

• 1 cup of water

• Honey or lemon (optional)


Instructions:

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

Place the dried peppermint leaves in a tea infuser or directly into a cup.

Pour the boiling water over the leaves.

Let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes.

Remove the infuser or strain the leaves from the cup.

Add honey or lemon to taste, if desired.


Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea


Peppermint tea is more than just a refreshing beverage. It offers several health benefits:


Digestive Health: Peppermint tea can help soothe digestive issues such as indigestion, gas, and bloating. The menthol in peppermint relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract.

Headache Relief: The menthol in peppermint has a cooling effect that can help relieve tension headaches and migraines.

Respiratory Health: Peppermint tea’s menthol content can help clear congestion and soothe the throat, making it beneficial for colds and respiratory issues.

Stress Relief: The aroma of peppermint has a calming effect that can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Antioxidant Properties: Peppermint tea contains antioxidants that can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.


Growing peppermint and making peppermint tea is a rewarding experience that combines the joys of gardening with the benefits of herbal tea. Whether you enjoy it for its refreshing taste, its health benefits, or simply the satisfaction of growing your own herbs, peppermint tea is a delightful addition to your daily routine. With a little care and attention, you can have a thriving peppermint plant that provides you with fresh leaves for tea and other culinary uses all year round.


Happy gardening and happy brewing!

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Cheri Hodge
Cheri Hodge
(22. 6.)

That tea looks so good. When we get together, we’ll have to make some and the papaya salsa. Yum Yum.

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Cheri Hodge
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I meant papaya L O L

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