mint and lime juiceSo a few weeks ago I was going through my fridge and I suddenly found I had accumulated a  lot of mint..

A lot!!

They started putting bags of it in my veggie box I get delivered each week, but it was slowly being pushed to the back of the fridge shelf!

I’ve always known that mint was good for digestion but I’ve never really known what to do with it apart from throwing it in with some new potatoes!

So  I thought it was time to investigate this herb a bit deeper and I have to say I was impressed…….

Mentha spicata or mint as it’s commonly called has been known for its curative properties for more than 2000 years.IMG_1671[1]

Mint leaves are very rich in calcium, Vitamin C and A  plus the minerals potassium and iron. Iron is necessary for cellular metabolism and synthesis of haemoglobin. Potassium helps control your heart rate and blood.

Mint dissolves in the sputum, nourishes the lungs and increases the bodies  resistance against infection. It can help prevent asthma attacks and reduces congestion in the air passage. The phenols in mint have been found to be beneficial in treating respiratory  infections.

But when it comes to treating stomach  issues and digestive problems mint really is the daddy!!

Mint soothes the digestive tract and cleanses the stomach.

Mint tea alleviates gastrointestinal problems like indigestion. It relieves flatulent colic, morning sickness, and it also protects the liver and supports the metabolic process. Mint is said to help dissolve kidney and bladder stones.

So what have I been getting up to with it……

I haven’t been overly innovative, I’m sure there are foodies doing incredible things with mint, but here’s what I made….

♥ Mint, cucumber and lime juice 

mint and lime juiceI didn’t ever think about juicing mint so I thought I would give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised! This juice is so refreshing, hydrating  and has a kind of mojito taste to it, sans the alcohol!!

You will need..

1 whole cucumber

1 lime

A good hand full of mint

Put all the ingredients through your juicer and serve.

♥ Mint Tea

fresh mint teaDitch the tea bags and go straight to the source.

Fresh mint tea is a delicious after dinner drink, or any time really. Its fresh, aids digestion and smells divine!

Just put three of four sprigs of fresh mint into a cup, pour in hot water and leave to steep so it can undergo the infusion process.

I just leave the leaves in and drink it, the stronger the better for me!

Mint Ice cubes

mint ice cubesThese are a great  way to pimp up your water this summer.

They also look lovely in a big jug of  fresh water, great if your entertaining!

Just chop up the mint leaves and put them to your ice cube tray, add water,

freeze…done!

mint ice cubes

 Mint is cool, its old school and a lovely herb to have in the kitchen as it has such a distinct  aroma.

And guess what…..

When I  just recently got back from house sitting I found more bags of mint in the fridge!!

So my quest continues!

I’m thinking, next stop raw desserts…..watch this space! 

If you have any recipes or any ways to use mint I’d  love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week

Alexandra♥