Tuesday, August 6, 2013

(Mentha x piperita) Peppermint Extract/Ruby Tuesday

Make sure you do some research before using this yourself. It doesn't mean that you will get the same result as I.
Below is a picture of a mint plant that appeared in our yard not to long ago. Maybe it was always there, but DH always string trim it not knowing what it was. However, this one looks hairy and the one I used to make the extract has nothing.

Here is what you need to make your very own peppermint extract.

Mash the peppermint leaves gently with you hands before putting in the jar. Then cover/submerge the leaves with grain alcohol, cover and store in a cool dry place. Start testing within a week for potency.
Below is what the appearance of three weeks old peppermint extract. I think this one is ready to be strained and place in a dark bottles with droppers. I will be using this for cooking, making home made toothpaste and lip balm. Please utilize the internet for uses and medicinal properties.

More wild mint (i think, unless the people who own this house before us planted it) flowers, Yes, they have the smell of mint but very faint.

I also dried some, my pint jar is already full. Hopefully I can get another pint before the frost gets here. I will be using it for tea, when my children gets sick. It worked amazing when two of my boys were sick at the end of June. This is what it looked like after an hour inside my dehydrator.

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Gemma Wiseman said...

I have just learnt something. I did not know that peppermint could be used for lip balm. An interesting post.