When I hear the word mint, it makes me think of tea, desserts, lamb and my favorite, Mojito’s, but it has never made me think of any frugal living tips. That is until we started putting together this list of household uses for mint. Much to my amazement, one of my favorite herbs can do so much more than just flavor my food and drinks. Mint is among many of the herbs that offer healing properties to many ailments and can be used around the house to solve common household problems.
- Aches – to soothe, place a bundle of mint in a piece of
cheesecloth and drop into your bathwater.
- Aching Feet – to soothe, soak feet in pan of warm mint tea.
- Anxiety – to calm, drink a warm glass of mint tea.
- Breath – to freshen, chew on a mint leaf.
- Colic – to soothe, steep 1 mint leaf in 1 ounce of water,
cool, Feed baby 1 ounce of mint water per sitting, not to exceed 4 ounces per
- Congestion – to clear sinuses, bring a bundle of mint to a
boil in a pan of water. Turn off the
heat and lean over the pan with a towel draped over your head. Breathe in the
- Concentration – to improve, muddle some fresh mint and take
a good whiff throughout the day.
- Coughs – to relieve, drink 3-4 of cooled mint tea throughout
the day, taking a sip every at least every 30 minutes.
- Dandruff – to cure, place a sprig of mint in 8 ounces of
apple cider vinegar. Allow it to sit for a week. Use as a rinse after
- Flatulence – to relieve, chew on a mint leaf.
- Gingivitis – to treat, steep a bundle of mint in 4 cups of
boiling water, strain and refrigerate.
- Headache – to calm, soak a rag in a very strong glass of
cold mint tea. Wring out the rag and apply to forehead.
- Hiccups – to stop, add a few mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of
lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to an 8 ounce glass of warm water. Sip the
- Indigestion – to calm, drink a cup of warm mint tea.
- Insomnia – to remedy, drink a warm glass of a mild mint tea
- Mood – to boost, soak a rag in a very strong glass of warm
mint tea. Wring out the rag and place it over your nose and mouth and breathe
- Nausea – to calm, soak a rag in a very strong glass of warm
mint tea. Wring out the rag and place over your nose and mouth and breathe in.
- Sunburn – to cool skin, soak cotton balls in a very strong
glass of cold mint tea. Gently apply the tea to the sunburn using the cotton
- Face – to clean, bring a bundle of mint to a boil in a pan
of water. Turn off the heat and lean over the pan with a towel draped over your
- Weight – to cut calories, take a whiff of some fresh mint
when you first feel hunger pains coming on and before eating.
- Ants – to repel, place mint leaves in cupboards and drawers.
- Ants – to repel, plant mint near doors and windows.
- Carpet – to freshen, mix 2 tablespoons of crushed, dried
mint leaves to 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet and let
it sit an hour before vacuuming.
- Flies – to repel, plant mint near doors and windows.
- Fleas – to kill, soak a bundle of mint leaves in 1 cup apple
cider vinegar for 1 week. Remove mint bundle and pour infused vinegar in a
spray bottle. Use spray on pets and around the house.
- Garden – to keep bugs away, place mint leaves around tomato
plants and cabbage.