|Meadowsweet - A native perennial|
|Mint - an escapee gone feral|
|Drying mint for mint tea|
To dry the mint we tie it in sprigs of two stems and simply hang it up in the kitchen. If it is hung in larger bunches it can have a tendency to go mouldy, especially in our damp climate.
The Meadowsweet is dried on racks over a tray, as some of the tiny petals tend to drop off as it dries and cause mini snow drifts otherwise.
Once completely dry we store these in glass jars which will keep the herbs useable for a long time. Last year was bad and we are still using meadow sweet collected in the summer of 2010.
The main uses we have are to make teas. Mint is just a nice drink and so is the meadow sweet. The medowsweet also, allegedly, has anti-inflammatory properties and that is what we tend to use it for.