How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea

By Norah Faith

Just about everyone will enjoy a cup of refreshing tea. Many people use mint in its fresh form but using dry mint leaves for tea is also widely practiced. A cup of boiled water poured over this dried aromatic herb and your favorite sweetener makes a wonderfully soothing tea. While pure mint tea is good, a bit of dried mint also helps to enhance the flavor in a number of other teas. Drying mint is a simple process and can easily be done at home.

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Air Drying

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Step 1

Harvest a fresh batch of mint leaves, if you are growing them in your garden. If not, buy the freshest bundles of mint that you can find in the market.

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Step 2

Wash the mint leaves thoroughly to get rid of any grit and dust. Gently pat them dry and spread out on paper towels. Place the paper towels on a rack and leave them to air dry.

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Step 3

Gather small bundles of mint and tie them together with the cotton string. Attach the separate bundles of mint leaves to a long piece of string at regular intervals to balance them out. Take the stringer to a room that has limited sunlight coming in but ample ventilation. A bedroom would be ideal. Suspend the stringer from one end of the room to the other.

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Step 4

Use a dehumidifier in the room in which you place the stringer if the room is too humid.

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Step 5

Take down the stringer after a minimum of one week. You will be able to determine if the leaves are dry enough if they crush when you press a few of them together in your fingers. Strip the dry leaves off of the stems gently. Lay all of the leaves out on a flat surface to make sure that you have managed to dry all the leaves that are within the bundle.

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Step 6

Store the dry leaves in airtight glass jars in a cool, dry and dark area. You can use a spoonful of crumbled leaves for each cup of tea.

Oven Drying

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Step 7

Use your oven to quickly dry mint leaves. Put the washed and dried leaves on a cookie sheet and set in an oven at 180 degrees Fahrenheit for two or so hours. The leaves will dry without a loss of any oils or fragrance.

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Step 8

Remove the leaves from the oven and strip them from the branches.

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Step 9

Store the dry leaves in airtight glass jars in a cool, dry and dark area. You can use a spoonful of crumbled leaves for each cup of tea.