Mint tea

Fresh mint is better than dried to use for tea. Put a couple of sprigs in a teapot and pour in a cupful of boiling water. Cover and let infuse for a few minutes before straining and drinking.

But when you do not have fresh mint available, dried is still good. Dry the leaves on a screen outdoors or in a warm cupboard, until they crumble in the fingers. Use a teaspoonful per cup. Dried mint is a very useful addition to other medicinal herb teas, to make them taste better.

Mint and raspberry water

Water can be deliciously and subtly flavored by adding a few sprigs of mint and some raspberries, and left to stand in a cool place for a couple of hours. Either still or sparkling water can be used. This is a lovely cooling and refreshing summer drink.

If you want a stronger flavor, add a little cool mint tea to the jug.

Sekanjabin: A Persian oxymel of mint and vinegar

Boil 1 cup of water with 4 tsp of white sugar, till the sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar (we like to use raspberry vinegar). Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and add some sprigs of fresh mint, which adds its flavor to the oxymel as it cools. Serve diluted in ice-cold water, as you would a cordial. Alternatively, freeze in the form of ice cubes and store for future use.

Mint in white wine

Put a few sprigs of mint and a bottle of white wine in a jug, cover with a cloth and leave overnight. Remove the mint. This is a refreshing summer drink that can be served chilled, to keep you cool and improve your digestion.

For a more medicinal apéritif, add a few heads of meadowsweet blossom and a couple of sprigs of mugwort to your wine as well as the mint. This can be done at the same time or added later.

Mint foot bath

Make a big pot of mint tea, strain it and pour it into a foot bath or a basin large enough for your feet. When it is the right temperature, put your feet in the liquid and soak for ten to twenty minutes. Use it hot for tired, achy feet or cold if your feet are really hot and sweaty.

Mint tea

indigestion

• hot conditions

flatulence

• travel sickness

• stomach pains

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