DIY Homemade Spearmint Solutions
This bright perennial herb, at first glance useful for only flavoring purposes, has an astounding number of uses. It has domestic uses in repelling ants and freshening up a musty old closet, and both spearmint tea and spearmint oil can be made easily at home with effort that is minimal compared to its great benefits. Here’s how you can make them:
Spearmint tea, according to a study published in early 2007, can be a great way for women with hirsutism to remove excess body and facial hair because it lowers levels of androgens.
It’s a simple and affordable way to battle hirsutism, but the refreshing flavor of this herbal tea alone is alone reason to have it daily. Try out this easy three-step recipe for spearmint tea:
What you will need:
- A handful of fresh spearmint
- 4 cups of water
- A pot
- A strainer
- Lemon (optional)
- Raw honey (optional)
How to make and use spearmint tea:
- Pour the water in a pot and put it atop a stove. Set the temperature between moderate to high.
- Crush a handful of spearmint between your palms to get out the flavor and smell while the water boils.
- When the temperature of the water is suitably high, add the crushed spearmint and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a strainer placed over a glass container or tea cup to separate the crushed spearmint from the tea.
- Honey or lemon can be added in order to supplement the spearmint’s natural flavor.
Spearmint in boiled water is also ideal for rinsing your hair or taking herbal baths.
Spearmint Essential Oil
Make your own spearmint essential oil.
Although not as popular as peppermint oil, spearmint oil is more suitable for children and those who find peppermint oil hard to use.
Whereas peppermint rejuvenates the body, spearmint relaxes it.
Spearmint oil has a multitude of uses such as curing sore throats, relieving headaches and being used as a flavoring ingredient for exotic dishes. It also has great antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, making it a very effective disinfectant.
What you will need:
- Freshly picked spearmint leaves
- A dark colored jar
- Carrier oil like vegetable oil or olive oil
- Corn starch
Instructions for making your spearmint oil:
- Pick out any bruised or dark leaves. Leave the stems attached as well can be extracted from them.
- Wash the leaves carefully. Make sure they’re free of insects.
- Pack the leaves as tightly as you can into the jar and add generous amounts of carrier oil.
- Seal the jar and place in the sun for 2-3 weeks. This will allow the carrier oil to pull out the spearmint oil.
- Open the jar and mix in a few drops of corn starch.
- Let the mixture settle for a day or two. This will give the corn starch enough time to take up the spearmint’s fragrance.
- Open the lid and use a strainer to separate the oil from the leaves.
- Store the oil in a dark airtight container.
Spearmint oil can be “properly” made using steam distillation, but this is not viable in the average household.
This version of spearmint essential oil is by no means high in oil content, but should be helpful for small aches and pains.
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