Trim Mint Plants – how to trim Spearmint

If you like to taste of a nice cup of Spearmint Tea but are not sure how or when to trim the plant here is a little help.

Spearmint vs Peppermint

Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet taste and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy. One common way to enjoy this herb is brewed into a tea, which can be made from either fresh or dried leaves.

Both spearmint and peppermint have menthol in them but peppermint contains a higher menthol content (40% versus .05% in spearmint) what makes its flavor much stronger than Spearmint.

Spearmint is commonly used to help relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting and gas. Fights Bacterial Infections and may lower Blood sugar and reduce Stress.

I just like the taste of fresh mint Tea but like to know that it also has some really important health effects.

Grow Spearmint Plants

Believe it or not you can grow Spearmint indoors as well as outdoors. The most important detail to grow Spearmint is to select a container with a wide surface rather than a deep one. Mint roots are runners and if they have the room, will set roots and sprout up new plants. I would also suggest to separate plants every 2 Years so they do not start choking themselves.

If growing in the garden make sure you have them in a place where you don’t mind them to take over that part of the Yard I have mine in one of my back Corners where nothing else will grow and the roots have extended in the yard so when we mow, the fresh mint smell spreads thru the entire backyard. ( love that smell and it keeps mosquitoes away )

Trim Mint Plant

You can harvest your Mint pretty much all Year around. Make sure you trim before they flower and during the morning when the menthol level is the highest.

Cut right above the Sprout so the new leaves will be able to grow and be ready for the next harvest

Pull the leaves down while harvesting and put them in a Strainer. You can also hang bushels of trimmings in a warm dark place to dry. I prefer the Strainer Method because the leaves are only touched once until they are muddled to tea.

Dry your Spearmint

Cover the leaves that you have in your strainer so they don’t turn brown or gray or attract other little critters. I like to keep mine on the patio when we have dry weather otherwise it goes to a dry place in the house.

It will take about a Week for the leaves to dry, you can check by turning the strainer upside down and when dry to touch the leaves are ready for storage.

Make sure you keep them in an air tight container so no moisture will get to your herb, it would start molding and that will make the Tea useless.

Spearmint Tea – health benefits for spearmint tea

Spearmint with its fresh, sweet flavor is used fresh in recipes and drinks. I love a good Mojito.

For me it is mostly used for Tea

Spearmint contains vitamins, antioxidants, and vital nutrients. The aroma is very similar to that of peppermint but it contains less menthol than peppermint, it is rich in limonene ( used to promote weight loss, prevent cancer, treat cancer, and treat bronchitis) , dihydrocarvone, and cineol and a sweeter taste than peppermint. You can drink it hot or cold.

My favorite recipe:

1 tbl spoon of dried mint

1 slice of Lemon

1 tbl spoon of Honey ( optional )

3 large Ice Cubes

put the mint leaves in a tea bag or tea egg, pour hot water of the leaves, add the slice of Lemon and honey, let sit for 3 minutes ( or longer for a stronger taste) cool of and pour over the Ice.

You can also make a large pot and let it cool overnight to enjoy the next hot Summer day.

It is refreshing and thirst quenching

Let me know how you are using your Spearmint.

Andrea

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5 Replies to “Trim Mint Plants – how to trim Spearmint”

  1. I have never thought of making spearmint tea by itself. Nor did I know about the health benefits that it has. I do enjoy spearmint in gum and such but I really never knew it could be good for me. I have tried to grow a mint or spearmint plant in the past and frankly it just died on me. I may not have as good of a green thumb as others might have.. lol

  2. Hello Andrea, I love spearmint tea though I didn’t know the procedure for making it involves this much processing since my mom always supply it to us but now that she is no more due to sickness, my thirst for the tea has led me here to learn about it. Trimming is indeed integral to the growth of the mint plant and the process of making it seems not too cumbersome. I would prefer to try it out in little pots rather than those big ones as I would be the only one taking it. Thanks

  3. Wow this is really nice I must commend. I never knew there was a particular way to trim these plants. Although I have not been opportuned to have grown these plants myself or even seen someone grow it, I’d love to learn and plant some for myself. I wish to also try out your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

  4. Haha, wow. This is really helpful this post you have here. My mum has spearmint plants at home but I never thought to use them to make tea, she uses the plants as an ingredient to make some organic creams. When I think of it, the recipe for this tea is not so much and the tea is easy to make too. From your post, I could learn some new importance of spearmint and its difference to peppermint. Thank you for the help, I’ll try making some good spearmint tea soon since I now know how to trim them.

  5. This is a very informational article about spearmint that I would love to use and apply one day. I always though spearmint and peppermint were both the same, but thanks to this post I now know the difference. I also never knew that spearmint helps with proper digestion and decreasing gas levels. Highly informative and I look forward to using these tips and hacks in the near future.

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