How to dry out mint and herbal teas

Making your own tea is very easy and costs you nothing.

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Mint is the most commonly dried herb for making tea, but you can also dry out stinging nettle, lemon balm, spruce needles, raspberry leaves (which is rumored to help induce labor), lavendar, and pretty much any leaf. Today we will be drying out mint leaves.

First of all, a word of caution about mint. I grow mine in pots with the pot resting on bricks so it is not in direct contact with the ground. Mint spreads like crazy! If you plant it in the ground, you will see it take over your entire garden.

It’s best to harvest the mint before it flowers. When it flowers, it does alter the taste. It’s also best to harvest the mint in the morning.

 

1. Use a clean pair of cutters and cut about 6 inches from the base of the plant. The remaining plant will grow and reward you with a second crop.

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2. Wash the mint thoroughly and then dry (I used a salad spinner).

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3. Pick the leaves off and place on a tray with wax paper.

4. Leave the trays out in the sun all day to dry out. Repeat till the leaves are fully dry.

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5. Place in a sealed paper bag in a dark and dry room for a week.

6. Store in an air tight jar.

When you are ready for a cup of tea, grab a pinch of the dried leaves and steep for 3 minutes and enjoy!

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