Some of my favorite herbs for cooking include parsley, oregano, tarragon and mint. While all of these herbs add an extra oomph to the flavor of many dinner dishes, mint is one in particular that I use for a variety of things.

Today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, which encourages you to take small steps to achieving a healthy, balanced diet with the use of herbs, rather than salt, in homemade dishes.

In honor of today’s unique holiday, I wanted to share some of the ways that I use fresh mint leaves – in and outside of the kitchen!

Mint Water: Try putting fresh mint leaves into an ice cube tray. Fill with water and and freeze them for the next day to enjoy a nice, cool beverage.

Repellent: Did you know mint is good for repelling rodents, flies, ants and moths? Try placing bunches of fresh mint leaves in problem areas. Replace when they dry out.

Mint Iced Tea: Add a few leaves to your tea while it steeps for a delicious minty flavor.

Mint Pesto: Combine 2 cups of fresh mint leaves, ½ cup of olive oil       ½ cup of grated parmesan and 4 cloves of garlic for this yummy topping.

Cocktails: Mint is a staple ingredient in popular cocktails such as Mojitos and Mint Juleps.

Breath Freshener: It’s not just the flavor of your favorite Listerine! Eating a couple of fresh mint leaves can actually freshen your breath.

Potpourri: Take advantage of mint’s fresh, clean scent by making DIY potpourri! Dry mint leaves in your oven at the lowest temperature. Once dried, chop slightly and put into a piece of cheesecloth tied with a ribbon for a mild air freshener.

Juice: Love juicing? Mint is a perfect complement to virtually any juiced beverage recipe.

Salad Topping: Mint is the perfectly unique addition to green salads, as well as chicken and potato salads.

Brownies: Try adding finely minced fresh mint leaves to your favorite brownie recipe for a cool treat! 

Tell Me: How do you use fresh mint leaves?