Spearmint is often overlooked when planting an herb garden. It is a fragrant addition that has many great uses, and it is well worth planting, tending and harvesting. Buy seeds or plants when planning your plot, and be sure to read and follow the planting and growing directions. It really is very easy to grow. Set aside an entire row, and consider these four terrific ways to use the fresh herb. It can be used to flavor beverages, add fragrance to your home and much, much more. You might even decide that you prefer it over mint.
Naturally Deodorize Your Vehicle with a Tulle Bag of Fresh Spearmint
Car deodorizers are big business. They come in countless scents and styles, but they do not last for long. They are also way overpriced. Naturally deodorize your vehicle with spearmint. Place several fresh leaves in a tulle or organza bag, and hang it from the ashtray, mirror or a vent.
Brew Tea with Spearmint before Adding Ice
Iced mint tea is good, but when infused with spearmint it is absolutely delicious. Prepare the brew as usual, but add a spearmint leaf or two. For a refreshing beverage that is extra tasty, mix in a can of frozen lemonade with the cold water and ice. It will quench your thirst and satisfy your desire for something sweet and tangy.
Homemade potpourri is far better than mixtures that are sold in stores. With essential oil and natural ingredients, it can smell absolutely heavenly. Dry spearmint leaves that have been naturally dried in the sun can be combined with pine shavings and a few drops of vanilla essential oil. Spearmint and vanilla are a fantastic fragrance combination, and it can be used in the bathroom, utility room and even your vehicle. Put it in open ashtrays for a clean fresh scent. Not only will it smell great, but it will also let guests know that smoking in your vehicle is not permitted.
Add a Freshly Ground Leaf or Two to Homemade Fudge Brownies
Chocolate and spearmint are a delicious combination. Depending on your preference, you might enjoy it more than peppermint and chocolate. Use fresh spearmint in homemade or boxed fudge brownie mix. Wash and chop the leaves into very fine pieces. Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way. Two teaspoons of fine fresh spearmint will give fudge brownies tremendous flavor. If you plan on frosting the dessert, top it with crushed spearmint candy and a few neatly arranged leaves. More than likely, it will not last for long.
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